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SecureDNS Agent

Introduction

The SecureDNS agent is a powerful tool designed to enhance DNS security by providing organizations with a secure and efficient means of DNS resolution.

In the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity threats, the SecureDNS agent plays a crucial role in safeguarding devices from inadvertent exposure to malware, ransomware, malicious domains and botnet infrastructures.

This manual serves as a guide for users, administrators, and IT professionals on the installation, configuration, and usage of the client software.

Features

Feature Description
Secure DNS Resolution Utilizes a dedicated API and robust filters for secure DNS queries. It can be used independently or in conjunction with AXS Guard's own DNS security.
Logging and Reporting Provides detailed logs for monitoring and audits.
Flexible Configuration Customizable settings for diverse network environments and operating systems.
Multiple OS Support Compatible with Windows, Linux, and macOS for seamless integration.

System Requirements

Disk Space 150 MB (50 MB for program data, 100 MB for program logs)
Operating System

All 64-bit platforms:

  • Microsoft Windows 10 or later
  • macOS
  • Linux systemd distributions (e.g. Ubuntu, Linux Mint)
Memory Requirements 50 MB of free memory
Localhost Network
  • Port 53 must be available (TCP & UDP)
  • Ability to open and connect to port 37862 (TCP)
Windows Installation Directories
  • C:\Program Files\DNSAgent\DNSClient\dnsproxy.exe
  • C:\Program Files\DNSAgent\DNSClient\dnsclient.exe
Network & Firewall Requirements
  • Clients must be able to access https://dnsserver.axsguard.cloud/. The use of a web proxy is supported, provided it can resolve the hostname of the AXS Guard DNS Cloud. The SecureDNS agent will refresh its configuration every 5 minutes, provided the API servers are reachable.
  • Ability to open a TCP connection to 94.140.185.166:80. If the connection is absent, a no Internet connection status will be shown in the system tray.
License Requirements A company key is required to install and run the software. You can copy and paste this key from the contracts page in the AXS Guard Cloud.
Software installation Installation requires administrative privileges.

Installation

Downloading the Installer

To obtain the SecureDNS installer, download it exclusively from the AXS Guard Cloud Download Center and select the suitable version for your OS.

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Obtaining Your Company Key

A company key is required to install and run the software. Retrieve your company key from the contracts section on the AXS Guard Cloud.

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Microsoft Windows

Manual installation

  1. Log in with a user account that has administrative privileges.
  2. Navigate to the folder where you downloaded the SecureDNS agent installer.
  3. Double-click on the msi installer and follow the on-screen instructions. When prompted, copy and paste your company key into the Company ID field.

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After completing the installation, a green or blue icon will appear in the system tray. This means that your device is protected. Refer to the SecureDNS Agent Status section for additional information.

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Windows Command Line

  1. Open the Windows Start menu and type cmd.exe.
  2. Next, right-click on cmd.exe from the programs list, then click on run as administrator.
  3. Go to the folder where you downloaded the installer, e.g. cd Downloads.
  4. Enter the following command, providing the correct PROPERTY_REG_COMPANYKEY value.

    msiexec.exe /q /i dnsagent_win64_x.y.z.msi PROPERTY_REG_COMPANYKEY=xyz
    

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After completing the installation, a green or blue icon will appear in the system tray. This means that your device is protected. Refer to the SecureDNS Agent Status section for additional information.

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Other Installation Methods

The SecureDNS agent can be installed via a Group Policy Object or Microsoft Intune, using the following command line argument: PROPERTY_REG_COMPANYKEY=x-y-z. Substitute x-y-z with your company key.

For comprehensive guidance on these automated deployment options, please refer to the relevant Microsoft documentation.

Linux

  1. Log in to your Linux machine.
  2. Start a terminal and find the folder where you downloaded the SecureDNS agent installer.

    cd Downloads
    
  3. Change the installer's default permissions.

    chmod +x dnsagent_lin64_2.0.0
    
  4. Start the installation and follow the on-screen instructions.

    sudo ./dnsagent_lin64_2.0.0
    
  5. When prompted, copy and paste your company key into the Company ID field.

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After completing the installation, a green or blue icon will appear in the system tray. This means that your device is protected. Refer to the SecureDNS Agent Status section for additional information.

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macOS

Double-click the DMG file to extract the installer.

Once the installer is extracted, click on it to start the installation. When prompted, copy and paste your company key into the Company ID field.

After completing the installation, a green or blue icon will appear in the system tray. This means that your device is protected. Refer to the SecureDNS Agent Status section for additional information.

SecureDNS Agent Status

In this section, we explain the meaning of various icons that may appear in the system tray.

Icon Description
image Your device is secured and connected to a secure AXS Guard network where DNS security has been enabled.
image Your device is secured but not connected to a secure AXS Guard network; it is connected to another gateway.
image A blue or green icon with a clock indicates that the SecureDNS agent is temporarily disabled by the user.
image Indicates that the SecureDNS agent cannot connect to the Internet or the AXS Guard DNS Cloud. Contact your system administrator.

Uninstalling the Agent

To uninstall the SecureDNS agent, run the installer, select Uninstall DNS Agent and follow the on-screen instructions. This procedure is the same for all operating systems.

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Changing your Company ID

If the Company ID needs updating, run the installer, select Change Company Key, and follow the on-screen instructions. This procedure is consistent across all operating systems.

SecureDNS Agent Statistics

The DNS Security dashboard provides authorized administrators and MSSPs with an easy method to monitor malicious DNS traffic, facilitating quicker and more informed security decisions.

In the event of affected targets, devices can be readily identified and isolated for additional investigation or troubleshooting, enabling a more efficient adaptation of your security strategy to counter threat actors.

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SecureDNS Agent Logs

The SecureDNS client-side logs serve as a valuable resource, providing detailed insights into DNS activity on individual devices and the status of the DNS agent itself.

The logs capture information such as queried domains and API response codes, offering administrators a comprehensive view of the DNS transactions and a method for troubleshooting.

To view the logs, simply click on the tray icon and select Open logs.

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Following is an example of entries that you will find in the logs:

2023/12/12 14:41:24 Debug: Using registry value for logLevel: 1
2023/12/12 14:41:24 Info: PreResolve config loaded 1 entries
2023/12/12 14:41:24 Info: Starting DNS proxy on 127.253.153.53:53
2023/12/12 14:41:24 Info: Starting DeviceSync...
2023/12/12 14:41:24 Info: DeviceSync running
2023/12/12 14:41:24 Info: License key set. Starting...
2023/12/12 14:41:24 Info: Starting DNS Setter...
2023/12/12 14:42:08 {

Version: "2.0.0",

System: "Microsoft Windows 10 Pro",

Extra: "Network Cards:
\n+--------------------------------+------------------------------------------+-------+-------+-------+-------+-------+--------------------------------+
\n|               Name             |                   GUID                   | INDEX | MET4  | MET6  | IS_UP |IS_DHCP|              DNS               |
\n+--------------------------------+------------------------------------------+-------+-------+-------+-------+-------+--------------------------------+
\n|            Ethernet Instance 0 |   {XXXXXXXX-DE43-49C7-A9C2-XXXXXXXXXXXX} |    13 |    25 |    25 |  true | false |                  10.200.32.254 |
\n|    Loopback Pseudo-Interface 1 |   {XXXXXXXX-743D-11EE-BC6A-XXXXXXXXXXXX} |     1 |    75 |    75 |  true |  true |                                |
\n+--------------------------------+------------------------------------------+-------+-------+-------+-------+-------+--------------------------------+
\n"

}
2023/12/12 14:42:08 Info: DNS Setter running
2023/12/12 14:42:08 Info: Passthrough configured for: int1.,example.local.,sub.example.com.
2023/12/12 14:42:08 Info: Updating config from server:
2023/12/12 14:42:08 Info: Updating config: disableTimeout = 120
2023/12/12 14:42:08 Info: Using 10.200.32.254:53 as DNS server for passthrough, priority: false, secureDNS: true, default: false
2023/12/12 14:42:08 Info: LogToDeviceSync: DNS Agent starting info status change
2023/12/12 14:42:12 Info: Handling network changed event. New state:
2023/12/12 14:42:12 Info: Network with secure DNS: true
2023/12/12 14:42:12 Info: Network secure DNS message: Server is protected by Secure DNS. It responded: tests.sinkhole.secure-dns.eu.
2023/12/12 14:42:12 Info: Client operational: true
2023/12/12 14:42:12 Info: Passthrough configured for: int1.,example.local.,sub.example.com.
2023/12/12 14:42:12 Info: Using 10.200.32.254:53 as DNS server for passthrough, priority: false, secureDNS: true, default: false
2023/12/12 14:42:12 Info: Setting systray icon to switch
2023/12/12 14:42:12 Info: Setting systray text to Updating local DNS config
2023/12/12 14:42:12 Info: State changed: Secure DNS: true CLIENT: true
2023/12/12 14:42:12 Info: Returning DNS to previous state
2023/12/12 14:42:15 Info: Setting systray icon to home
2023/12/12 14:42:15 Info: Setting systray text to Existing secure network detected, you are protected.
2023/12/12 14:42:15 Info: Server version: 2.0.0
2023/12/12 14:43:05 Info: User connected: DESKTOP\USER

Support

If you encounter a problem

If you encounter any issues with the SecureDNS agent, don't hesitate to reach out to our technical support department.

Contact Information

(+32) 15-504-400
support@axsguard.com