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Evan Pratten

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The DNS over devRant service

Over the past year and a half, I have been hacking my way around the undocumented devRant auth/write API. At the request of devRant's creators, this API must not be documented due to the way logins work on the platform. That is besides the point. I have been working on a little project called devDNS over the past few days that uses this undocumented API. Why must I be so bad at writing intros?

What is devDNS

devDNS is a devRant bot written in python. It will serve any valid DNS query from any user on the platform. A query is just a comment in one of the following forms:



@devDNS MX

Of course, MX and are to be replaced with the domain and entry of your choosing.

devDNS was inspired by @1111Resolver, and the source is available on GitHub.

How it works

The Python script behind devDNS is very simple. devDNS does the following every 10 seconds:

  • Fetch all new notifs
  • Find only mentions
  • Spin off a thread for each mention that passes a basic parser (Is the message 2 or 3 words long)
  • In the thread, check if the message is a control message (allows me to view the status of the bot via devRant)
  • Check if the request matches a required pattern
  • Call dnspython with requested record and domain
  • Receive answer from a custom PIHole server with caching and super low latency
  • Send a comment with the results to the requester

Thats it! Super simple, and only two days from concept to reality.

Where is this hosted?

This program is hosted on a raspberry pi laying in my room running docker. I also have Portainer set up so I can easily monitor the bot from my phone over my VPN.