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DNS Protocol Translation External Lookup

This app is NOT supported by Splunk. Please read about what that means for you here.
This app provides a lookup called protocol_translation_lookup that allows you to lookup DNS wire-format packet data automatically based on type.

DNS Protocol Translate External Lookup

December 2021

Table of Contents


  • About DNS Protocol Translate External Lookup
  • Release notes
  • Support and resources


  • Hardware and OS requirements
  • Installation steps



About DNS Protocol Translate External Lookup

Author Hurricane Labs
App Version 1.0.0
Has index-time operations false
Create an index false
Implements summarization false

The DNS Protocol Translate External Lookup allows the translation of DNS wire-format packet data to a human readable format using Python's dnslib (https://pypi.org/project/dnslib/)

Release notes

1.0.0 - Initial release

About this release

Version 1.0.0 of the DNS Protocol Translate External Lookup is compatible with:

Splunk Enterprise versions 8.0, 8.1, 8.2
Platforms Platform independent
Lookup file changes None


Support for this app is provided by Hurricane Labs. Please send questions to splunk-app@hurricanelabs.com
Note that we will make our best effort to assist you, but as this app relies on an external Python library we did not develop, we cannot guarantee we will be able to fix problems that may occur.

  • Hours: 9AM-5PM EDT Monday-Friday
  • Observed Holidays: Major US Holidays


Hardware and software requirements

This external lookup works on all Splunk platforms (Linux, macOS, and Windows).

Installation steps


Install to search head

  1. Install the app normally. No additional configuration is needed.
  2. Restart Splunk


Install to search head and indexer cluster

  1. Install the app to both the search head and in the indexer cluster. The Python portion of the external lookup will run on the indexers, but the addon is required to be on the search head as well.
  2. Restart search head and indexers.

User Guide

The lookup can be called by using | lookup protocol_translation_lookup RDATA record_type OUTPUT translation in a search. RDATA corresponds to the DNS wire-format packet data, and record_type correspondst to the type (ex. A, AAAA, TXT). Both must be present in the data for the external lookup to function.

More information about extending the functionality of this lookup (e.g. make it automatic) can be found at https://dev.splunk.com/enterprise/docs/devtools/externallookups/createexternallookup/

Release Notes

Version 1.0.1
Dec. 29, 2021

Initial release

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