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How to setup a dns server that filters web traffic

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How is it possible to filter web traffic through a dns server.   How does opendns do it?  Are they using a product like barracuda? How does filtering get setup?
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first of all DNS server will never filter any traffic ... it's function is just name to ip  and ip to name conversion...

the remaining task is the part of firewall ... which block ports etc.

now a days firewalls becomes Unified devices... which will having name specific content filtering...

for example xxx, porn... etc... which will find and blocks.

but actually a utm provider  (for example  Sonicwall/Cyberoam/Barracuda) will monitoring the internet traffic and collecting signatures over the internet  and when they found any signature which looks like virus or spam they immediately updates to its database..

this database will replicates to your Devise (UTM/Antispam) and updates Daily wise...

in the appliance the data packets received from out side it'll check these signatures and allows the data...

if any bad signature found it'll block or junk as per the policy..


thanks and regards
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by:Patrick Bogers
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Hi

Not 100% what you mean by 'filter web traffic through a dns server'

If it means filtering email, you could setup MX records in DNS to pass incoming mail to a hardware spamfilter host which e.g. can use Barracuda appliances.
After filtering this service will forward you the filtered email.

If this is not what you mean please reply with more clear explaination.
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Basically how does opendns able to use dns to block or filter web traffic
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by:Patrick Bogers
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It cannot.
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So then how does it get done?
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Webcontent filtersoftware like ISA servers
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