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Subject: Internet Relay Chat, Internet Relay Chat clients, OpenNap, Homer (software), RusNet
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Developer(s) Colten Edwards (panasync) and Kevin Easton (caf)
Stable release 1.2-final (January 1, 2013 (2013-01-01))
Preview release BitchX-1.3 (January 1, 2013 (2013-01-01))
Written in C
Operating system Unix, Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, Windows, OSX
Type IRC client
License Revised BSD license
BitchX ANSI splash screen (one of several in rotation).

BitchX is a free IRC client[1] and has been considered to be the most popular ircII-based IRC client.[2] The initial implementation, written by "Trench" and "HappyCrappy", was a script for the IrcII chat client.[2] It was converted to a program in its own right by panasync (Colten Edwards). BitchX 1.1 final was released in 2004. It is written in C, and is a console application. GTK+ toolkit support has been dropped. It works on all Unix-like operating systems, and is distributed under a BSD license. It is originally based on ircII-EPIC[2] and eventually it was merged into the EPIC IRC client. It supports IPv6,[3] multiple servers and SSL and UTF-8 partially.[4]

BitchX has frequently been noted to be a popular IRC client for Unix-like systems.[1][5][6][7][8][9]

Development of BitchX was on hiatus for several years but is now resuming from a new GitHub project page.[10] The latest official release is version 1.2, and development for the 1.3 future release has begun.[11]

BitchX does not support Unicode.[12]


It was known that early versions of BitchX were vulnerable to a denial-of-service attack in that they could be caused to crash by passing specially-crafted strings as arguments to certain IRC commands. This was before format string attacks became a well-known class of vulnerability.[13]

The previous version of BitchX, released in 2004, has security problems allowing remote IRC servers to execute arbitrary code on the client's machine (CVE-2007-3360, CVE-2007-4584).

On April 26, 2009, Slackware removed BitchX from its distribution, citing the numerous unresolved security issues.[14]

However these vulnerabilities were fixed in the sources for the 1.2 release.[15][16][17]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Opinion: Get online for (free) Linux support!".   ("If you're already using Linux, then you have your choice of several (IRC) clients. BitchX is a popular one.")
  2. ^ a b c Charalabidis, Alex (1999-12-15). "Unix Clients: BitchX". The Book of IRC: The Ultimate Guide to Internet Relay Chat (1st ed.).  
  3. ^ Peter Loshin (2004). IPv6: Theory, Protocol, and Practice. Morgan Kaufmann. p. 316. 
  4. ^ "bitchx: Detail: 3204631 - Add UTF-8 to ISO-8859-1 conversion in output text". 2011-03-09. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  5. ^ Review:BitchX (Amiga),, Retrieved 2009-09-29 ("BitchX is favoured by many more experienced IRC users")
  6. ^ A Day in the Life of #Apache, (March 25, 2005), Retrieved 2009-09-29 ("XChat, mIRC, and bitchx are several popular clients")
  7. ^ How to use IRC guide, (Dec. 4, 2006), Retrieved 2009-09-29 ("There are many different clients available, some of the more popular ones include BitchX, XChat, Trillian, BeserIRC, Klient ....")
  8. ^ What about P2P on *nix?, (Sept. 13, 2002), Retrieved 2009-09-29 ("There are several IRC clients for Linux. Among the best are X-Chat and BitchX.")
  9. ^ BitchX Configuration Guide, (last updated Sept. 19, 2003), Retrieved 2009-09-29 ("BitchX is one of the most popular IRC Client available today for *nix systems.")
  10. ^ "bitchx | Download bitchx software for free at". Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  11. ^ "BitchX 1.3 GitHub repository - [bitchx] Index of /". Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  12. ^ BitchX 1.2 Wiki
  13. ^ Ryan Russell (2002). Hack Proofing Your Network. Syngress. p. 329. 
  14. ^ "The Slackware Linux Project: Slackware Security Advisories". 2009-04-26. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  15. ^ " Repository - [bitchx] Revision 5". Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  16. ^ " Repository - [bitchx] Revision 6". Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  17. ^ " Repository - [bitchx] Revision 11". Retrieved 2011-07-09. 

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