Privileged Entity is an extension which allows entity/component to have privileged access to server (set/get roster, send message on behalf of server, access presence informations). It can be used to build services independently of server (e.g.: PEP service).


You can have all the details by reading the XEP-0356.


To use the module, like usual add “privilege” to your modules_enabled. Note that if you use it with a local component, you also need to activate the module in your component section:

modules_enabled = {


Component "youcomponent.yourdomain.tld"
    component_secret = "yourpassword"
    modules_enabled = {"privilege"}

then specify privileged entities in your host section like that:

VirtualHost "yourdomain.tld"

    privileged_entities = {
        ["romeo@montaigu.lit"] = {
            roster = "get";
            presence = "managed_entity";
        ["juliet@capulet.lit"] = {
            roster = "both";
            message = "outgoing";
            presence = "roster";

Here romeo@montaigu.lit can get roster of anybody on the host, and will have presence for any user of the host, while juliet@capulet.lit can get and set a roster, send messages on the behalf of the server, and access presence of anybody linked to the host (not only people on the server, but also people in rosters of users of the server).

/! Be extra careful when you give a permission to an entity/component, it’s a powerful access, only do it if you absoly trust the component/entity, and you know where the software is coming from


All the permissions give access to all accounts of the virtual host.

roster none (default) No access to rosters
get Allow read access to rosters
set Allow write access to rosters
both Allow read and write access to rosters


none (default) Can’t send message from server
outgoing Allow to send message on behalf of server (from bare jids)


none (default) Do not have extra presence information
managed_entity Receive presence stanzas (except subscriptions) from host users
roster Receive all presence stanzas (except subsciptions) from host users and people in their rosters


If you use it with Prosody 0.9 and with a component, you need to patch core/mod_component.lua to fire a new signal. To do it, copy the following patch in a, for example, /tmp/component.patch file:

    diff --git a/plugins/mod_component.lua b/plugins/mod_component.lua
    --- a/plugins/mod_component.lua
    +++ b/plugins/mod_component.lua
    @@ -85,6 +85,7 @@
                    session.type = "component";
                    module:log("info", "External component successfully authenticated");
    +               module:fire_event("component-authenticated", { session = session });
                    return true;

Then, at the root of prosody, enter:

patch -p1 < /tmp/component.patch

0.10 Works
0.9 Need a patched core/mod_component.lua (see above)


This module is often used with mod_delegation (c.f. XEP for more details)