The DNSQuestion (dq) object

Apart from the ipfilter()-function, all functions work on a dq (DNSQuestion) object. This object contains details about the current state of the question. This state can be modified from the various hooks.

The DNSQuestion object contains at least the following fields:

class DNSQuestion

An object that contains everything about the current query.


DNSName of the name this query is for.


Type this query is for as an integer, can be compared against pdns.A, pdns.AAAA.


current DNS Result Code, which can be overridden, including to several magical values The rcode can be set to pdns.DROP to drop the query. Other statuses are normal DNS return codes, like pdns.NOERROR, pdns.NXDOMAIN etc.


Boolean whether the query have been received over TCP.

DNSQuestion.remoteaddr -> ComboAddress

ComboAddress of the requestor.

DNSQuestion.localaddr -> ComboAddress

ComboAddress where this query was received on.


Boolean which, if set, indicates the recursor should not packet cache this answer. Honored even when returning false from a hook! Important when providing answers that vary over time or based on sender details.


String that signals the nameserver to take one an additional action:

  • followCNAMERecords: When adding a CNAME to the answer, this tells the recursor to follow that CNAME. See CNAME Chain Resolution
  • getFakeAAAARecords: Get a fake AAAA record, see DNS64
  • getFakePTRRecords: Get a fake PTR record, see DNS64
  • udpQueryResponse: Do a UDP query and call a handler, see UDP Query Response

The decision that was made by the policy engine, see Modifying Policy Decisions.


A string with the name of the policy. Set by policyName in the rpzFile() and rpzMaster() configuration items. It is advised to overwrite this when modifying the DNSQuestion.appliedPolicy.policyKind


The action taken by the engine


The CNAME content for the pdns.policyactions.Custom response, a string


The kind of policy response, there are several policy kinds:

  • pdns.policykinds.Custom will return a NoError, CNAME answer with the value specified in DNSQuestion.appliedPolicy.policyCustom
  • pdns.policykinds.Drop will simply cause the query to be dropped
  • pdns.policykinds.NoAction will continue normal processing of the query
  • pdns.policykinds.NODATA will return a NoError response with no value in the answer section
  • pdns.policykinds.NXDOMAIN will return a response with a NXDomain rcode
  • pdns.policykinds.Truncate will return a NoError, no answer, truncated response over UDP. Normal processing will continue over TCP

The TTL in seconds for the pdns.policyactions.Custom response


A boolean that indicates the use of the Policy Engine. Can be set to false in prerpz to disable RPZ for this query.

A Lua object reference that is persistent throughout the lifetime of the DNSQuestion object for a single query. It can be used to store custom data. Most scripts initialise this to an empty table early on so they can store multiple items.

DNSQuestion.requestorId str

New in version 4.1.0.

A string that will be used to set the requestorId field in protobuf messages.

DNSQuestion.udpAnswer -> str

Answer to the udpQuery when when using the udpQueryResponse followupFunction. Only filled when the call-back function is invoked.

DNSQuestion.udpQueryDest -> str

Destination IP address to send the UDP packet to when using the udpQueryResponse followupFunction

DNSQuestion.udpQuery -> str

The content of the UDP payload when using the udpQueryResponse followupFunction

DNSQuestion.udpCallback -> str

The name of the callback function that is called when using the udpQueryResponse followupFunction when an answer is received.

It also supports the following methods:

classmethod DNSQuestion:addAnswer(type, content[, ttl, name])

Add an answer to the record of type with content.

  • type (int) – The type of record to add, can be pdns.AAAA etc.
  • content (str) – The content of the record, will be parsed into wireformat based on the type
  • ttl (int) – The TTL in seconds for this record
  • name (???) – The name of this record, defaults to DNSQuestion.qname
classmethod DNSQuestion:addPolicyTag(tag)

Add a policy tag.

Parameters:tag (str) – The tag to add
classmethod DNSQuestion:discardPolicy(policyname)

Skip the filtering policy (for example RPZ) named policyname for this query. This is mostly useful in the prerpz hook.

Parameters:policyname (str) – The name of the policy to ignore.
classmethod DNSQuestion:getDH() → DNSHeader

Returns the DNSHeader of the query or nil.

classmethod DNSQuestion:getPolicyTags() → {str}

Get the current policy tags as a table of strings.

classmethod DNSQuestion:getRecords() → {DNSRecord}

Get a table of DNS Records in this DNS Question (or answer by now).

classmethod DNSQuestion:setPolicyTags(tags)

Set the policy tags to tags, overwriting any existing policy tags.

Parameters:tags ({str}) – The policy tags
classmethod DNSQuestion:setRecords(records)

After your edits, update the answers of this question

Parameters:records ({DNSRecord}) – The records to put in the packet
classmethod DNSQuestion:getEDNSFlag(name) → bool

Returns true if the EDNS flag with name is set in the query.

Parameters:name (string) – Name of the flag.
classmethod DNSQuestion:getEDNSFlags() → {str}

Returns a list of strings with all the EDNS flag mnemonics in the query.

classmethod DNSQuestion:getEDNSOption(num) → str

Get the EDNS Option with number num as a bytestring.

DNSQuestion:getEDNSOptions() {str: str}

Get a map of all EDNS Options

classmethod DNSQuestion:getEDNSSubnet() → Netmask

Returns the netmask specified in the EDNSSubnet option, or empty if there was none.

classmethod DNSQuestion:addPolicyTag(tag)

Add policyTag tag to the list of policyTags

Parameters:tag (str) – The tag to add
classmethod DNSQuestion:getPolicyTags() → {str}

Get a list the policyTags for this message.

DNSHeader Object

The DNS header as returned by DNSQuestion:getDH() represents a header of a DNS message.

class DNSHeader

represents a header of a DNS message.

classmethod DNSHeader:getRD() → bool

The value of the Recursion Desired bit.

classmethod DNSHeader:getAA() → bool

The value of the Authoritative Answer bit.

classmethod DNSHeader:getAD() → bool

The value of the Authenticated Data bit.

classmethod DNSHeader:getCD() → bool

The value of the Checking Disabled bit.

classmethod DNSHeader:getTC() → bool

The value of the Truncation bit.

classmethod DNSHeader:getRCODE() → int

The Response Code of the query

classmethod DNSHeader:getOPCODE() → int

The Operation Code of the query

classmethod DNSHeader:getID() → int

The ID of the query

The EDNSOptionView Class

class EDNSOptionView

An object that represents a single EDNS option

EDNSOptionView.size -> int

The size in bytes of the EDNS option.

classmethod EDNSOptionView:getContent() → str

Returns a NULL-safe string object of the EDNS option’s content