Bogons via DNS

Be sure to check out the main Bogon Reference for more information on the project and terminology used, and why it is important to keep your bogon filters up-to-date.

We provide bogon tracking through DNS via several reversed-IP zones. These zones are queried by reversing the octets of an IPv4 address (or nibbles of an IPv6 address) and appending a zone name, much like reverse DNS ( and and DNSBL queries.

If the IP address represented by a given query is a bogon, the response will be an A RR of You may also query for a TXT RR, which will indicate the bogon prefix within which the given address resides (no TXT record will be present for non-bogon queries).

The available Bogon DNS zones are:
The traditional IPv4 bogon prefixes; Martian (reserved) prefixes plus those /8 networks not allocated to an RIR by IANA.
IPv4 "fullbogons", encompassing the traditional IPv4 bogon prefixes from as well as prefixes that have been allocated to RIRs but not yet assigned by those RIRs to ISPs, end-users, etc.
IPv6 "fullbogons", all IPv6 prefixes that have not been allocated to RIRs and that have not been assigned by RIRs to ISPs, end-users, etc.


We can verify that is part of a bogon prefix:

dig +short 

We can verify that is a bogon prefix:

dig +short 

We can check the IPv4 fullbogons zone for, and check what prefix it is part of:

dig +short dig +short TXT "" 

We can check the IPv6 fullbogons zone for 2001:DB8:FEEB:DEEF::242, and see what prefix it is part of, but it won't be pretty because we have to expand out all of the zeroes to do it:

dig +short dig +short TXT "2001:db8::/29"

(Note that the prefix returned for the TXT query above will likely change in the future; the IPv6 documentation prefix is actually 2001:db8::/32, it is aggregated as a /29 in the IPv6 fullbogons feed because the immediately adjacent prefixes have not yet been assigned to any end-users.)


Zone transfers of the entire zone are permitted,, and This can be accomplished with the following syntax:

dig axfr
dig axfr
dig axfr

Zone transfers are not currently offered for the zones.

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