Using EDNS Client SubnetΒΆ

In order to provide the downstream server with the address of the real client, or at least the one talking to dnsdist, the useClientSubnet parameter can be used when creating a new server. This parameter indicates whether an EDNS Client Subnet option should be added to the request. If the incoming request already contains an EDNS Client Subnet value, it will not be overriden unless setECSOverride() is set to true. The default source prefix-length is 24 for IPv4 and 56 for IPv6, meaning that for a query received from, the EDNS Client Subnet value sent to the backend will be This can be changed with setECSSourcePrefixV4() and setECSSourcePrefixV6().

In addition to the global settings, rules and Lua bindings can alter this behavior per query:

In effect this means that for the EDNS Client Subnet option to be added to the request, useClientSubnet should be set to true for the backend used (default to false) and ECS should not have been disabled by calling DisableECSAction() or setting dq.useECS to false (default to true).