I was in an SSL secured IRC earlier and accidentally pasted and sent something sensitive in a channel in which I didn't have voice permissions.

I got the error:

You need voice (+v)

I'm new to IRC and don't know much about it, but was my message still sent to the server, can administrators of the room still see it, etc? How bad can it be, say if what I sent was my password?

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    This appears to be an IRC usage question, not a security question.
    – schroeder
    Commented Jul 9, 2016 at 10:39
  • @schroeder Seems to be on the cusp
    – Insane
    Commented Jul 9, 2016 at 11:00
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    what is the security angle?
    – schroeder
    Commented Jul 9, 2016 at 11:10

1 Answer 1


There are a few different aspects to this question:

  • Did the message reach the server? Yes.
  • Can the IRC channel operators see it? No.
  • Would it be possible for an administrator on the IRC server to see it? Normally such things are not logged but it's their server so they could do whatever they want with the information that goes through it.
  • Could it get intercepted elsewhere in the process? It depends if you used a secure (SSL) connection or not. If you didn't, such a text message could be spied on its way to the server.
  • Yes, it was a secure connection, I'll add that in.
    – Insane
    Commented Jul 9, 2016 at 2:32
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    You can but I doubt you can get a more complete answer than this. Commented Jul 9, 2016 at 2:33
  • No this is a good answer. But there's nothing IRC wise that allows anyone to see it, but you could setup a protocol on the server itself?
    – Insane
    Commented Jul 9, 2016 at 2:33
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    It's like having a reunion at your place. No one can be sure that you didn't hide microphones everywhere. Commented Jul 9, 2016 at 2:34
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    I doubt you have a good reason to worry but if you really want to be safe, change the password. Commented Jul 9, 2016 at 2:35

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