[Dnsmasq-discuss] dnsmasq forwarding queries over VPN/IPSec

Simon Kelley simon at thekelleys.org.uk
Mon Sep 28 16:12:47 BST 2009

Ken Bantoft wrote:
> On 28-Sep-09, at 11:03 AM, Simon Kelley wrote:
>> Ken Bantoft wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I've run into a case where I'd like dnsmasq to forward queries over 
>>> an  IPSec VPN tunnel to nameservers on the far side, but this doesn't 
>>> seem  to work as expected.
>>> I've got 2 Interfaces - br-lan ( and ppp0 (PPPoE -  
>>> 216.x.x.x).  IPsec is terminated on the same machine, so it has a  
>>> tunnel from to
>>> dnsmasq is set to forward all queries to 10.x.x.10 and 10.x.y.10  
>>> nameservers, which are across the tunnel in the datacenter.  What 
>>> I'm  seeing with tcpdump is the requests going out the ppp0 
>>> interface, with  the 216.x.x.x IP address.  I've tried a variety of 
>>> options (bind- interfaces, listen-address), as I really want dnsmasq 
>>> to bind only to  the br-lan interface, and use that address as the 
>>> Source IP for the  forwarded queries, but no combination I've tried 
>>> does the trick.
>>> Any suggestions?
>> Stop dnsmasq from looking for servers in /etc/resolv.conf with
>> no-resolv
>> in /etc/dnsmasq.conf and then specify them using "server=" lines in 
>> /etc/dnsmasq.conf like this
>> server=10.x.x.10 at br-lan
>> server=10.x.y.10 at br-lan
>> We've been here before....
> That was my 1st step... so I do see it sending the requests to 10.x.x.10 
> and 10.x.y.10 as expected - just out the wrong interface...
> Ken
If this a routing problem? Dnsmasq can control the source address of the 
packets, and the destination address is straightforward, but it can't 
control how the kernel routes the packets: do you have a route  to via the tunnel?



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