Messaging Layer Security (MLS)

To enable support for MLS conversations you need to configure the wire-server helm chart with a removal key. This key is used by the server to sign External Remove Proposals and enables the server to remove clients from MLS groups, e.g. when users leave conversations or delete their clients.

The removal key is configured at path galley.secrets.mlsPrivateKeys.removal.ed25519 in the wire-server helm chart. For example:

# values.yaml or secrets.yaml
galley:
  secrets:
    mlsPrivateKeys:
      removal:
        ed25519: |
          -----BEGIN PRIVATE KEY-----
          MC4CAQA....Z709c
          -----END PRIVATE KEY-----

The key is a private ED25519 key in PEM format. It can be created by openssl with this command:

openssl req -nodes -newkey ed25519 -keyout ed25519.pem -out /dev/null -subj /

This will create a ed25519.pem. Use the contents of this file as the configuration value.

This is a sensitive configuration value. Consider using Helm/Helmfile’s support for managing secrets instead of putting this value in plaintext in a values.yaml file.

Additionally, the web applications need to be made aware of MLS. This is done by setting the following environment variable for the web application:

webapp:
  envVars:
    FEATURE_ENABLE_MLS: "true"

and for the team settings web application:

# NOTE: Only relevant if you want team-settings
team-settings:
  envVars:
    FEATURE_ENABLE_MLS: "true"

As long as MLS is still an opt-in feature, please remember that in order to be able to use the MLS protocol when creating conversation on clients, the team administrator need to have opted in for the MLS feature in the team settings.