I'm trying to get an authoritative answer on a DNS query. I've used nslookup using "set querytype=ns" to get the primary name server, which returned the following:

        primary name server = ns.123-reg.co.uk
        responsible mail addr = hostmaster.yesecommerce.com
        serial  = 2011091001
        refresh = 86400 (1 day)
        retry   = 3600 (1 hour)
        expire  = 1209600 (14 days)
        default TTL = 14400 (4 hours)

However when I then try "nslookup www.yesecommerce.com ns.123-reg.co.uk" I get the following:

Server:  ns.123-reg.co.uk

Non-authoritative answer:
Name:    www.yesecommerce.com

I though that when querying the primary nameserver I would receive an authoritative answer and i'm confused as to why not - any ideas?


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    Upvoted for not obfuscating names/IPs :) – Craig Watson May 28 '15 at 13:17

I don't:

[me@risby me]$ nslookup www.yesecommerce.com ns.123-reg.co.uk
Server:         ns.123-reg.co.uk

Name:   www.yesecommerce.com

Some ISPs do transparent proxying of DNS requests; it may be that your ISP is amongst them. The fact that we get consistently different A records returned points in that direction, too.

  • Thanks for the help - I ran a DNS leak test here - dnsleaktest.com - and it came up with OpenDNS which is what our SBS 2008 server is set to use as the forwarder, could the SBS server be the cause of the problem then? The different IP address is a change I just made to check if our system would pick up a change in IP address (it seems not to be) – stukerr May 28 '15 at 13:28
  • I don't know, because I don't know SBS at all. I do think it's highly significant that I don't see the non-authoritative flag being set, but I can't say what might be causing it without doing some much more precise experimentation. – MadHatter May 28 '15 at 14:21
  • Me either really - but I think that is where the problem lies, thanks for your input though, at least i', not going mad! – stukerr May 28 '15 at 14:22
  • SBS can't be the problem if you're querying the name server directly. Also, nslookup works fine for me when querying the name server directly. – joeqwerty May 28 '15 at 14:33
  • @joeqwerty it can if the SBS server is doing the transparent DNS proxying; I have no idea if it is, because I know nothing about it. Thanks for confirming that you, too, get an authoritative answer; it adds to my conviction that something in his DNS chain-of-transmission is messing with that query, directed though it may be. – MadHatter May 28 '15 at 14:52

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