API Permissions

This page describes the new flexible permission mechanism introduced in ejabberd 16.11. This version will be released at end of November 2016, but development can already be tried by installing ejabberd master branch from source.

Configuring permissions to API endpoints

Access to all available endpoints are configured using api\_permissions option.

It allows to define multiple groups, each one with separate list of filters on who and what are allowed by rules specified inside it.

Basic rule may looks like this:

  - "Admin access":
    - who:
      - admin
    - what
      - "\*"
      - "!stop"

It tells that group named Admin access allows all users that are accepted by ACL rule admin to execute all commands except command stop.

Each group has associated name (that is just used in log messages), who section for rules that authentication details must match, what section for specifying list of command, and from with list of modules that API was delivered to.

Rules inside who section

There are 3 types of rules that can be placed in who section:

- acl: Name|ACLDefinition or shortcut version - Name|ACLRule : It accepts command when authentication used to execute command matches rules of Name ACL (or inline rules from ACLDefinition or ACLRule)

- access: Name|AccessDefinition : This will allow execution if access Name or inline AccessDefinition will return allowed for command's authentication details

- oauth: ListOfRules : This rule (and only this) will match for commands that were executed with OAuth authentication. Inside ListOfRules you can use any rule described above (- acl: Name, - AClName, - access: Name) and additionally you must include -scope: ListOfScopeNames with OAuth scope names that must match scope used to generate OAuth token used in command authentication.

who section will allow command to be executed if at least one rule included inside it will be successfully matched, if you need to have ensure that multiple rules must be matched at this same time, you need to use - access rule for that.

Missing who rule is equivalent to - who: none which will stop group from accepting any command.

Examples of who rules

- who:
  - user: ""
  - ip: ""

This will accept user or commands originating from localhost

- who:
  - access:
    - allow:
      - user: ""
      - ip: ""

This will allow execution for commands from and localhost address

- who:
  - muc_admin
  - oauth
    - scope: "can_muc_admin"
    - muc_admin

Those rules will match for users from muc_admin ACL both using regular authentication and OAuth (but only for tokens created with can_muc_admin scope)

Rules in what section

Rules in what section are constructed from "strings" literals, you can use name of existing commands like "register" or "connected_users", you can also use wildcard "*" rule to match all commands, or you can use rule "[tag:roster]" to allow all commands that have been declared with tag roster

Additionally each rule can be prepended with ! character to change it into negative assertion rule. Command names that would match what is after ! character will be removed from list of allowed commands.

Missing what rule is equivalent to - what: "!*" which will stop group from accepting any command.

Example of what rules

- what:
  - "*"
  - "!stop"

This will allow execution of all command except command stop

- what:
  - "status"
  - "[tag:account]"

This will allow execution of status and commands with tag session (like num_resources or status_list)

- what:
  - "start"
  - "!*"

This will match no command.

Rules in from section

This section allows to specify list of allowed module names that expose API to outside world. Currently those modules are ejabberd_xmlrpc, mod_http_api and ejabberd_ctl.

If from section is missing from group then all endpoints are accepted, if it's specified endpoint must be listed inside it to be allowed to execute.


  "console commands":
      - ejabberd_ctl
    who: all
    what: "*"
  "admin access":
      - admin
      - oauth:
        - scope: "ejabberd:admin"
        - admin
      - "*"
      - "!stop"
      - "!start"

Rules include in this will allow execution of any command invoked byejabberdctl shell command, or all command except start and stop for users in ACL admin, with regular authentication or ejabberd:admin scoped OAuth tokens.