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<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
<!DOCTYPE xep SYSTEM 'xep.dtd' [
<!ENTITY % ents SYSTEM 'xep.ent'>
%ents;
]>
<?xml-stylesheet type='text/xsl' href='xep.xsl'?>
<xep>
<header>
<title>Stream Compression</title>
<abstract>This document defines an XMPP protocol extension for negotiating compression of XML streams, especially in situations where standard TLS compression cannot be negotiated. The protocol provides a modular framework that can accommodate a wide range of compression algorithms; the ZLIB compression algorithm is mandatory-to-implement, but implementations may support other algorithms in addition.</abstract>
&LEGALNOTICE;
<number>0138</number>
<status>Final</status>
<type>Standards Track</type>
<sig>Standards</sig>
<dependencies>
<spec>XMPP Core</spec>
</dependencies>
<supersedes/>
<supersededby/>
<shortname>compress</shortname>
<schemaloc>
<ns>compress</ns>
<url>http://www.xmpp.org/schemas/compress.xsd</url>
</schemaloc>
<schemaloc>
<ns>feature</ns>
<url>http://www.xmpp.org/schemas/compress-feature.xsd</url>
</schemaloc>
<registry/>
&hildjj;
&stpeter;
<revision>
<version>2.0</version>
<date>2009-05-27</date>
<initials>psa</initials>
<remark><p>Per a vote of the XMPP Council, advanced status to Final.</p></remark>
</revision>
<revision>
<version>1.3</version>
<date>2007-09-26</date>
<initials>psa</initials>
<remark><p>Moved specification of LZW algorithm to XEP-0229.</p></remark>
</revision>
<revision>
<version>1.2</version>
<date>2007-08-22</date>
<initials>psa</initials>
<remark><p>Clarified when compression shall be considered to start; per XEP-0170, specified that compression should be negotiated after SASL.</p></remark>
</revision>
<revision>
<version>1.1</version>
<date>2005-12-14</date>
<initials>psa</initials>
<remark><p>More completely specified error handling; mentioned LZW (DCLZ) method.</p></remark>
</revision>
<revision>
<version>1.0</version>
<date>2005-06-16</date>
<initials>psa</initials>
<remark><p>Per a vote of the Jabber Council, advanced status to Draft.</p></remark>
</revision>
<revision>
<version>0.5</version>
<date>2005-05-18</date>
<initials>psa</initials>
<remark><p>Modifications to address Council feedback: used RFC 3920 terminology; specified error conditions; specified ZLIB as mandatory to implement.</p></remark>
</revision>
<revision>
<version>0.4</version>
<date>2005-05-11</date>
<initials>psa</initials>
<remark><p>Corrected several errors in the schemas.</p></remark>
</revision>
<revision>
<version>0.3</version>
<date>2005-03-28</date>
<initials>psa</initials>
<remark><p>Specified compression methods registry.</p></remark>
</revision>
<revision>
<version>0.2</version>
<date>2004-09-28</date>
<initials>psa</initials>
<remark><p>Fixed TLS text per list discussion.</p></remark>
</revision>
<revision>
<version>0.1</version>
<date>2004-07-16</date>
<initials>jjh/psa</initials>
<remark><p>Initial version.</p></remark>
</revision>
</header>
<section1 topic='Introduction' anchor='intro'>
<p>&xmppcore; specifies the use of Transport Layer Security (TLS; see &rfc5246;) for encryption of XML streams, and TLS includes the ability to compress encrypted traffic (see &rfc3749;). However, not all computing platforms are able to implement TLS, and traffic compression may be desirable for communication by applications on such computing platforms. This document defines a mechanism for negotiating the compression of XML streams outside the context of TLS.</p>
</section1>
<section1 topic='Use Case' anchor='usecase'>
<p>The protocol flow is as follows:</p>
<example caption='Receiving Entity Offers Stream Compression Feature'><![CDATA[
<stream:features>
<starttls xmlns='urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:xmpp-tls'/>
<compression xmlns='http://jabber.org/features/compress'>
<method>zlib</method>
<method>lzw</method>
</compression>
</stream:features>
]]></example>
<p>Note: The &lt;compression/&gt; element MUST contain at least one &lt;method/&gt; child element. Each &lt;method/&gt; element MUST contain XML character data that specifies the name of a compression method, and such method names SHOULD be registered as described in the <link url='#registrar-methods'>Compression Methods Registry</link> section of this document. The methods SHOULD be provided in order of preference.</p>
<p>The initiating entity then MAY request compression by specifying one of the methods advertised by the receiving entity:</p>
<example caption='Initiating Entity Requests Stream Compression'><![CDATA[
<compress xmlns='http://jabber.org/protocol/compress'>
<method>zlib</method>
</compress>
]]></example>
<p>Note: If the initiating entity did not understand any of the advertised compression methods, it SHOULD ignore the compression option and proceed as if no compression methods were advertised.</p>
<p>If the initiating entity requests a stream compression method that is not supported by the receiving entity, the receiving entity MUST return an &lt;unsupported-method/&gt; error:</p>
<example caption='Receiving Entity Reports That Method is Unsupported'><![CDATA[
<failure xmlns='http://jabber.org/protocol/compress'>
<unsupported-method/>
</failure>
]]></example>
<p>If the receiving entity finds the requested method unacceptable or unworkable for any other reason, it MUST return a &lt;setup-failed/&gt; error:</p>
<example caption='Receiving Entity Reports That Negotiation of Stream Compression Failed'><![CDATA[
<failure xmlns='http://jabber.org/protocol/compress'>
<setup-failed/>
</failure>
]]></example>
<p>Note: Failure of the negotiation SHOULD NOT be treated as an unrecoverable error and therefore SHOULD NOT result in a stream error. In particular, the initiating entity is free to retry the compression negotiation if it fails.</p>
<p>If no error occurs, the receiving entity MUST inform the initiating entity that compression has been successfully negotiated:</p>
<example caption='Receiving Entity Acknowledges Negotiation of Stream Compression'><![CDATA[
<compressed xmlns='http://jabber.org/protocol/compress'/>
]]></example>
<p>Both entities MUST now consider the previous (uncompressed) stream to be null and void, just as with TLS negotiation and SASL negotiation (as specified in <cite>RFC 3920</cite>) and MUST begin compressed communications with a new (compressed) stream. Therefore the initiating entity MUST initiate a new stream to the receiving entity:</p>
<example caption='Initiating Entity Initiates New (Compressed) Stream'><![CDATA[
<stream:stream
xmlns='jabber:client'
xmlns:stream='http://etherx.jabber.org/streams'
to='shakespeare.lit'>
]]></example>
<p>If compression processing fails after the new (compressed) stream has been established, the entity that detects the error SHOULD generate a stream error and close the stream:</p>
<example caption='Entity Closes Stream Because of a Processing Error'><![CDATA[
<stream:error>
<undefined-condition xmlns='urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:xmpp-streams'/>
<failure xmlns='http://jabber.org/protocol/compress'>
<processing-failed/>
</failure>
</stream:error>
</stream:stream>
]]></example>
</section1>
<section1 topic='Business Rules' anchor='bizrules'>
<p>The following business rules apply:</p>
<ul>
<li>If stream compression is negotiated, it MUST be used in both directions.</li>
<li>TLS compression and stream compression SHOULD NOT be used simultaneously.</li>
<li>Stream compression MAY be offered after TLS negotiation if TLS compression is not used.</li>
</ul>
<p>For detailed recommendations regarding the order of stream feature negotiation, refer to &xep0170;.</p>
</section1>
<section1 topic='Mandatory-to-Implement Technologies' anchor='mandatory'>
<p>Support for the ZLIB compression method as specified in &rfc1950; is REQUIRED.</p>
<p>All other methods are OPTIONAL; such methods may be defined in future specifications or by registration as described in the <link url='#registrar-methods'>Compression Methods Registry</link> section of this document.</p>
</section1>
<section1 topic='Optional Technologies' anchor='optional'>
<p>Implementations MAY support the following methods in addition to ZLIB:</p>
<ul>
<li>&xep0229;</li>
</ul>
</section1>
<section1 topic='Implementation Notes' anchor='impl'>
<p>When using ZLIB for compression, the sending application SHOULD complete a partial flush of ZLIB when its current send is complete. Note that this statement is deliberately somewhat vague: the sending application may end up performing this partial flush after sending every XML stanza, but on the other hand may perform the partial flush only after sending a group of stanzas that have been queued up for delivery. When to flush the state of the compression application is up to the sending application.</p>
</section1>
<section1 topic='Security Considerations' anchor='security'>
<p>Stream encryption via TLS (as defined in <cite>RFC 3920</cite>) and stream compression (as defined herein) are not mutually exclusive, but stream encryption via TLS MUST be negotiated before negotiation of stream compression in order to secure the stream.</p>
<p>Many of the security considerations related to TLS compression (see Section 6 of <cite>RFC 3749</cite>) also apply to stream compression.</p>
</section1>
<section1 topic='IANA Considerations' anchor='iana'>
<p>This document requires no interaction with &IANA;. </p>
</section1>
<section1 topic='XMPP Registrar Considerations' anchor='registrar'>
<section2 topic='Stream Features' anchor='registrar-stream'>
<p>The &REGISTRAR; includes 'http://jabber.org/features/compress' in its registry of stream features.</p>
</section2>
<section2 topic='Protocol Namespaces' anchor='registrar-ns'>
<p>The XMPP Registrar includes 'http://jabber.org/protocol/compress' in its registry of protocol namespaces.</p>
</section2>
<section2 topic='Compression Methods Registry' anchor='registrar-methods'>
<p>The XMPP Registrar maintains a registry of compression methods at &COMPRESSMETHODS;.</p>
<section3 topic='Process' anchor='registrar-methods-process'>
&REGPROCESS;
<code><![CDATA[
<method>
<name>the XML character data of the method element</name>
<desc>a natural-language description of the compression method</desc>
<doc>the document that specifies or registers the compression method</doc>
</method>
]]></code>
<p>The registrant may register more than one compression method at a time, each contained in a separate &lt;method/&gt; element.</p>
</section3>
<section3 topic='Registration' anchor='registrar-methods-init'>
<code><![CDATA[
<method>
<name>zlib</name>
<desc>the ZLIB compression method</desc>
<doc>RFC 1950</doc>
</method>
]]></code>
</section3>
</section2>
</section1>
<section1 topic='XML Schemas' anchor='schemas'>
<section2 topic='Stream Feature' anchor='schemas-stream'>
<code><![CDATA[
<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
<xs:schema
xmlns:xs='http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema'
targetNamespace='http://jabber.org/features/compress'
xmlns='http://jabber.org/features/compress'
elementFormDefault='qualified'>
<xs:annotation>
<xs:documentation>
The protocol documented by this schema is defined in
XEP-0138: http://www.xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0138.html
</xs:documentation>
</xs:annotation>
<xs:element name='compression'>
<xs:complexType>
<xs:sequence>
<xs:element name='method' type='xs:NCName' maxOccurs='unbounded'/>
</xs:sequence>
</xs:complexType>
</xs:element>
</xs:schema>
]]></code>
</section2>
<section2 topic='Protocol Namespace' anchor='schemas-protocol'>
<code><![CDATA[
<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
<xs:schema
xmlns:xs='http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema'
targetNamespace='http://jabber.org/protocol/compress'
xmlns='http://jabber.org/protocol/compress'
elementFormDefault='qualified'>
<xs:annotation>
<xs:documentation>
The protocol documented by this schema is defined in
XEP-0138: http://www.xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0138.html
</xs:documentation>
</xs:annotation>
<xs:import namespace='urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:xmpp-stanzas'
schemaLocation='http://xmpp.org/schemas/stanzaerror.xsd'/>
<xs:element name='compress'>
<xs:complexType>
<xs:sequence>
<xs:element name='method' type='xs:NCName' minOccurs='1' maxOccurs='unbounded'/>
</xs:sequence>
</xs:complexType>
</xs:element>
<xs:element name='compressed' type='empty'/>
<xs:element name='failure'>
<xs:complexType>
<xs:choice>
<xs:element name='setup-failed' type='empty'/>
<xs:element name='processing-failed' type='empty'/>
<xs:element name='unsupported-method' type='empty'/>
<xs:sequence xmlns:err='urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:xmpp-stanzas'>
<xs:group ref='err:stanzaErrorGroup'/>
<xs:element ref='err:text' minOccurs='0'/>
</xs:sequence>
</xs:choice>
</xs:complexType>
</xs:element>
<xs:simpleType name='empty'>
<xs:restriction base='xs:string'>
<xs:enumeration value=''/>
</xs:restriction>
</xs:simpleType>
</xs:schema>
]]></code>
</section2>
</section1>
</xep>