A generic DNS black hole zone generator

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| Most of code comes from here:
| Check it for history.

| This script helps you create a blackhole zone for your DNS server,
using some well known ads/tracking/malware lists.
| As long as your DNS server allows to include a file containing one
domain per line with its config syntax it should work.
| Right now known to work and tested:

- `Unbound `__
- `PowerDNS recursor `__
- `Dnsmasq `__

Generating an agregated host file is also possible.


- Not bound to a specific DNS server, generates a file format of your
- Supports 3 different list format

- Host file
- `Easylist `__
- `Disconnect `__

- Lets you whitelist/blacklist domains
- YAML configuration file


The script requires ``PyYAML`` and ``requests`` modules.

.. code:: bash

pip install [--upgrade] dns-blackhole


| Requires unbound >= ``1.6``, using the default zone file with unbound
``1.5`` will certainly make it eat all your ram and swap before
getting killed.
| Add ``include: "/etc/unbound/blackhole.zone"`` right after your
``server:`` block.
| Use the following ``zone_data`` in your ``dns-blackhole.yml``

.. code:: yaml

zone_data: 'local-zone: "{domain}" always_nxdomain'

``{domain}`` wil be replaced by the blackholed domains

PowerDNS Recursor

| Add ``forward-zones-file=/etc/pdns/blackhole.zone`` in your recursor
| Use the following ``zone_data`` in your ``dns-blackhole.yml``:

.. code:: yaml

zone_data: '{domain}='

``{domain}`` wil be replaced by the blackholed domains


| Add ``conf-dir=/etc/dnsmasq.d`` in your dnsmasq config and point your
``zone_file`` option to ``/etc/dnsmasq.d/blackhole.conf``
| Use the following ``zone_data`` in your ``dns-blackhole.yml``:

.. code:: yaml

zone_data: 'server=/{domain}/'

``{domain}`` wil be replaced by the blackholed domains

Host file

Use the following ``zone_data`` in your ``dns-blackhole.yml``:

.. code:: yaml

zone_data: ' {domain}'

| Once you're happy with your configuration Just run ``dns-blackhole``.
| The default lists in ``dns-blackhole.yml`` will generate a zone
containing ~698000 entries.


As the configuration file is in YAML, you can use YAML anchors

.. code:: yaml

cache: /var/cache/dns-blackhole
log: /var/log/dns-blackhole/dns-blackhole.log
whitelist: /etc/dns-blackhole/whitelist
blacklist: /etc/dns-blackhole/blacklist
- http://someonewhocares.org/hosts/hosts
- https://hosts-file.net/download/hosts.txt
- http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.txt
- http://www.malwaredomainlist.com/hostslist/hosts.txt
- https://pgl.yoyo.org/adservers/serverlist.php?hostformat=hosts;showintro=0
easylist: &bh_easy
- https://easylist.to/easylist/easylist.txt
- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/paulgb/BarbBlock/master/BarbBlock.txt
disconnect: &bh_disconnect
url: https://services.disconnect.me/disconnect-plaintext.json
categories: # Advertising, Analytics, Disconnect, Social
- Advertising
- Analytics
zone_file: /etc/unbound/blackhole.zone
# {domain} will be replaced by the blackholed domain, do not change it here
zone_data: 'local-zone: "{domain}" always_nxdomain'
- http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.txt
easylist: *bh_easy
disconnect: *bh_disconnect

In this example you would keep ``easylist`` and ``disconnect`` lists,
but would remove all host file lists except mvps.


What's the advantage of having the DNS server returning NX instead of

| Host lists are usually returning ```` or ````.
| Depending of the system and/or browser you use, you can end up having
timeout/slowness issues as it retries to connect several times before
considering the remote resource down.

Having your DNS server return NXDOMAIN - Non existant domain - on the
other side makes your client behave faster as there's nothing to retry
when the domain doesn't exist.

Why using forward-zones-file option instead of auth-zones in PowerDNS recursor?

| Syntax of the ``auth-zones`` is like this:
| While this may work for 5000 black holed domains, for almost 700 000
the speed of generation is so slow that it takes several tens of
minutes to complete. Even worse, with such a list, pdns-recursor is
not even able to start and will crash.
| By using the ``forward-zones-file`` pdns-recursor takes around 5 more
seconds to process the zone file.

Which DNS server is the best?

It's really a matter of preferences and what you have available. Use the
one you're the most comfortable with.


- Cache is not implemented yet
- Log is not implemented yet