Recon: Find more targets with a DNS server shared record search
It only takes one weak point for an attacker to get a foothold into an organization that can lead to complete compromise of the IT infrastructure and any data of value.
By searching for all records pointing to a DNS server you are able to identify hosts (and websites) that are related to the systems under but not necessarily sharing the same domain name.
The attack surface of an organization can be expanded rapidly by discovering hosts through various DNS queries. Finding all hosts and IP addresses of interest for a domain, can then be expanded out to the IP address net blocks that those hosts are being served from. Reverse DNS searches against the discovered net blocks can further expand the attack surface. Many organizations would be hard pressed to say with confidence that all systems are up to date and secure. Finding those weaker points of access is simply a matter of searching and probing.
Shared DNS Server Limits
|Queries / day||Max # of Results|
|Membership||# based on Plan||500'000|
With a membership get up to half a million results from a single query. A gold mine of data for security analysts, network defenders and other cyber security professionals.
Related IP Tools
To find hosts names using the domain as the query use the Forward A record search. Other tools that may be of interest are the Reverse DNS Lookup and the Reverse IP search. By combining these tools it should be possible to get a very good indication of where an organisations Internet systems are located both from IP address and physical location if used in conjunction with GeoIP lookups.
DNS server search API
Rather than using the form above you can also access the DNS search tool using the API. The output is simply plain text and will include the the forward DNS host names found in that are pointing to the DNS server. Data from the tool can be easily imported into a spreadsheet or other tool for reference purposes.
This query will display the host names found that are pointing to the DNS server queried for.
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