DNS over TLS with CoreDNS

May 16, 2020

In a previous post, I set up DNS over TLS with unbound on my Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite. I can’t remember what exactly happened, but at some point I updated the router software and the Linux distro didn’t have a package for unbound anymore. So I moved DNS to another computer running CoreDNS.

If you are using IPv6, you may need to be careful that your IPv6 configuration settings don’t pick up your ISP’s DNS server. I won’t go into details here, but for me that meant running a command like set interfaces ethernet eth2 dhcpv6-pd pd 0 interface eth1 no-dns.

Anyways, the first step is installing CoreDNS. It wasn’t packaged for my Linux distro, so I just downloaded the latest release off github, and unzipped the binary to my /usr/bin (or /usr/local/bin) folder. The deployment repository has some scripts you can use to set it up with systemd.

I also ran a useradd coredns -d /var/lib/coredns set up a /etc/coredns/Corefile (feel free to remove the IPv6 forward):

. {
  forward . tls:// tls://[2620:fe::fe]:853 {
    tls_servername dns.quad9.net
    health_check 15s

  hosts { timmy timmy.home

I can monitor all coredns logs/dns requests through journalctl -f -u coredns. I also added a job to /etc/prometheus/prometheus.yaml to scrape:

  - job_name: coredns
      - targets: ['localhost:9153']

then systemctl reload prometheus.

Sample graph with DNS