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For example, given the range: -

I need to find some domain that resolves to an IP-adress within the range. Is it possible ? I'm using a Linux system.

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Well, the DiG utility (man dig) can do reverse-DNS lookups to see if a given IP address has an associated DNS record. AFAIK it only accepts a single address at a time, but you could use some bash looping to generate the commands to check all the addresses.

for i in $(seq 128 191) ; do 
  for j in $(seq 1 255) ; do
    for k in $(seq 1 255) ; do
      dig -x 172.$i.$j.$k
      sleep 5

In one line:

for i in $(seq 128 191) ; do for j in $(seq 1 255) ; do for k in $(seq 1 255) ; do dig -x 172.$i.$j.$k ; sleep 5 ; done ; done ; done

You might want the +short option (or other options) to help get the output into some meaningful form. See man dig for possible options; here's the syntax:

dig +short -x 172.$i.$j.$k
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note this doesn't (to my knowledge) find all possible DNS records, just some DNS record, if it exists. –  quack quixote Feb 12 '10 at 22:33
This should do it. (You might want to put a delay in there as well to avoid hammering your DNS server) –  mpeterson Feb 13 '10 at 1:17
good tip. i meant to point that out explicitly but managed to forget. any additional processing desired can be added; add into the innermost loop if that step is wanted per-address. –  quack quixote Feb 13 '10 at 1:34

There are many online tools that do this on an IP by IP basis, eg:

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I take a chance, I'm not sure if my answer is good...


Thanks, David

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I believe that nmblookup is not a DNS tool. –  eugene y Feb 12 '10 at 22:43

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