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Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a cryptographic protocol which provides secure communication on the Internet.

Connection Information

Users may connect to MIXXnet using any server that supports SSL. The default port is 6697 unless listed otherwise.

You may download a copy of the CA certificate MIXXnet uses here. This file can be imported into some clients which allows for a "trusted" connection. It is not necessary for you to do this, but the option is available to you.

On December 23, 2005, MIXXnet introduced a new round-robin address for SSL connectivity ( As of February 11, 2006, all servers in the round-robin have SSL support. The use of is obsolete and depreciated.

Security Information

When you use SSL, you are establishing a secure connection between you and the server. As of February 11, 2006, MIXXnet operates will full SSL support including client-to-server connections and server-to-server links.


ALL MIXXnet servers support SSL from client-to-server and from server-to-server.

User & Channel Information


To check to see if a user is using SSL, you whois that user. A secured user's whois would look something like:

Chris is * Chris
Chris using Anjunabeats MIXXnet IRC Server
Chris is using a Secure Connection
Chirs End of /WHOIS list.

This means that the user "Chris" is using SSL on

Channel Protection

In a secure channel, all of the users must have SSL enabled for the channel to be secure. If one user isn't secure, then all the messages will go to that user unencrypted. SSL users and non-SSL users can co-exist on the same channel. If you wish to limit your channel to only people using SSL, you need to set the channel mode +z (/mode #channel +z). The +z mode prevents non-SSL users from joining the channel. If a non-SSL user does try to join, (s)he will see this message:

#channel unable to join channel (not using secure connection)



mIRC requires that you have the Windows version of OpenSSL installed on your system. You can download OpenSSL for Windows at this website. More information on how to install OpenSSL for Windows is beyond the scope of this document. To check if you've installed OpenSSL correctly, look for the SSL button in the mIRC Options window as shown below.

Screenshot of mIRC with SSL enabled.

If you have SSL enabled, choose a server from the Servers section above. Type: /server +port. The '+' sign is important because it tells mIRC to use SSL.

When trying to connect to a SSL enabled server, you may be presented with a dialog that says the SSL certificate is invalid. As long as the certificate has not expired and the domian name matches, the certificate is OK. The reason you are seeing this dialog is because MIXXnet signs its own SSL certificates.


To use SSL in XChat, click X-Chat->Server List.... Next, click on MIXXnet and Edit.. (Note: you may not have MIXXnet on your server list. If you don't, you can just click Close and type: /server +port). Then select the two check boxes that say, Use SSL for all servers on this network and Accept invalid SSL certificate as shown below.

Screenshot of X-Chat with SSL enabled.


The use of SSL in irssi is very simple. All you need to do is type the following commands into the status window:
/set use_ssl on
/set ssl_verify on
After you have done these, you need to pass the -ssl flag to /connect when connecting to an SSL enabled server. For example:
/connect -ssl 6697

Other Clients

Other clients that support SSL include BitchX.

Secure channels

The official SSL channel of MIXXnet is #secure. You can come join us when you have SSL set up.

Other secure channels include:

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