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DNSMASQ, anyone?
« on: November 04, 2018, 07:07:44 PM »
Hello fellow netizens. I have a question needing an experienced reply, and additionally, suggestions of potential (easy) work-arounds if my theory is correct.
I use a server application.
For examples below, let's say is the primary commercial site of the application.
And, is the domain used to feed analytics and other tracking data, including subdomains such as,, etc...

Though I pay for this application, it attempts to track my, and my users who access, usage of the server.

Previously, I could block this tracking by blocking the domain and subs by using this in my dnsmasq file.

Now, though the domain still exists, the server app devs, apparently realizing they weren't getting all the greedy data they wanted, now use an xml file hosted on with a list of ip addresses.
Instead of the server app checking in at that used to have a rotating nslookup IP list, which would get blocked, it goes to, is returned the xml, and the app itself then calls out/checks in/shares data with any one of the IP addresses listed in the xml results.

All NSlookups of the XML file IP addresses come back as, but I can of course still ping the IP, therefore meaning the server app can still contact them too.

Is there anyway to have dnsmasq block that functionality?
I can't block, as other server functions are necessary for it.
I can't block the entire IP range of the, as they are a virtual server provider running far more than just this server app.

I may post this at another forum, perhaps Networking or similar, but wanted to start here first.
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