Friday, March 24, 2006


Calling nsupdate from PHP script

First, I should note that this is very situational but hopefully someone can make use of it. The environment at work is mostly Windows machines. There is a Windows DNS server as well which accepts dynamic updates for reverse lookups, among other things. This can be a pain when you are working on various Unix/Linux platforms. I wrote up a very quick web page that uses the nsupdate package (should be available for most platforms) to remove stale reverse lookup entries from the server. Released public domain, a comment here would be appreciated if it helped you at all.

<title>Jamie's DNS fixer thingy</title>
<P>This tool clears reverse lookup entries for a given IP.  Stale reverse lookup
entries can cause problems with non-Windows systems.  Entering an IP here submits
a dynamic update request to the DNS server for removal of the entry for that IP.</P>
<form method="POST">
    <input name="IP" type="text" value="<?=(!empty($_POST['IP'])) ? $_POST['IP'] : ""?>">
    <input name="Submit" type="submit"/>


$valid preg_match('/^\d{1,3}\.\d{1,3}\.\d{1,3}\.\d{1,3}$/'$input);
    if (isset(
$_POST['Submit'])) {
        if (!
$valid) {

<p><?=empty($input) ? "You must specify an IP address." "$input is not a valid IP address."?></p>

<?  } else { // Input validated by regexp
$iparr split('\.'$input);
$iprev $iparr[3].'.'.$iparr[2].'.'.$iparr[1].'.'.$iparr[0];
$dnscmd = <<<EOF
update delete {$iprev}

$nsupdate popen('/usr/bin/nsupdate''w');
$retval pclose($nsupdate); // nsupdate doesn't return anything useful when called this way

<p>Submitted removal request for stored DNS record on <?=$input?>.

// if(!$valid)
// if(isset($_POST['Submit']))

Just to say thanks for this.
I used it as a base to add and remove dns entries.
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