[Unbound-users] Can't resolve m.facebook.com

Leen Besselink leen at consolejunkie.net
Thu Feb 9 09:11:41 UTC 2012

On Thu, Feb 09, 2012 at 09:56:36AM +0100, W.C.A. Wijngaards wrote:
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> Hi Attila,
> On 02/09/2012 08:29 AM, Attila Nagy wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > Running unbound r2580, I can't resolve m.facebook.com. I get
> > SERVFAIL back. The server was running for some time, so it's not in
> > a fresh state. It seems the problem is that facebook DNS servers
> > time out on AAAA records, so unbound gets the false assumption that
> > they are unavailable.
> Well if you do not respond to queries, you deserve what you get.  DNS
> has noanswer-nodata packets and this is what should be used.  They do
> not implement RFC1034.  And for that facebook deserves to be offline.
> That said, you want your users to be able to connect to sites that
> have broken software (or more likely: bad firewall).  The feature you
> name would not actually stop unbounds internal lookups for the AAAA
> for the nameserver.  You would need to configure a stub-zone in the
> config file with the IP4s of the nameservers as a workaround.
> The workaround for one name specific is not the right thing.  Not sure
> how to fix this in a more general way.  Store timeout information
> per-query-type and query-name specific (it is already per-zone) ?
> That makes the timeout information useless for new queries.
> I am not sure how to fix this, because on the other hand, very similar
> situations would result in continuous probes to a server that is down.
>  And this also adds load to unbound.
> > Here are the verbose (level 4) logs while trying to resolve the
> > name:
> Thanks, yes, it is doing a lot of AAAA lookups and those timeouts have
> added up to make the zone offline.

I think I know of a hack, try a SOA or NS lookup on the apex at the same nameservers ?

Then you know it is still up and running.

I don't know if it is possible to know the apex at all times. And you probably
have to keep more state. :-(

It is an incrediable stupid hack I know.

> Best regards,
>    Wouter
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