Abhay Rana aka Nemo

Migrating DNSCrypt Server to Docker

I’ve been running a personal DNSCrypt server in Bangalore for the last 2 years. When I set it up, it was just a compiled version of dnscrypt-wrapper, which was the bare minimum setup I could do.

Since then, I’ve upgraded it to a distribution supported version, but recent changes in dnscrypt key rotation, I’ve been wanting to setup something automated as well.

The easiest way was to switch to the official DNSCrypt Docker image, which does both key generation and certificate rotation. Since my public key was already present in the DNSCrypt Server lists, I was not too keen to regenerate a new key.

The primary challenge was ensuring that the docker container picks up my existing keys without trying to generate new ones from scratch. It was basically 2 steps:

  1. Match the directory structure that the container expects.
  2. Invoke the container directly into start mode while passing existing keys.

Directory Structure

I copied my keys (public.key, secret.key) to /etc/dnscrypt-keys and ran the following:

echo 2.dnscrypt-cert.captnemo.in > provider_name
touch provider_info.txt # I couldn't figure out how to output the same info, so kept it blank
hexdump -ve '1/1 "%.2x"' < public.key > public.key.txt

Then I ensured that the file permissions are matching what the container expects:

chmod 640 secret.key
chmod 644 public.key
chown root:1002 public.key secret.key
chmod 644 provider_name

This is how the final permissions looked for the directory (/etc/dnscrypt-keys)

-rw-r-----   1 root 1002    64 May 18 07:15 secret.key
-rw-r--r--   1 root 1002    32 May 18 07:15 public.key
-rw-r--r--   1 root root    28 May 18 07:19 provider_name
-rw-r--r--   1 root root     0 May 18 07:23 provider_info.txt
-rw-r--r--   1 root root    64 May 18 07:25 public.key.txt
drwxr-xr-x   2 root root  4096 May 18 07:26 .

Running the Container

Then, I directly ran dnscrypt-wrapper container:

docker run --detatched --restart=unless-stopped --volume /etc/dnscrypt-keys:/opt/dnscrypt-wrapper/etc/keys --publish --publish jedisct1/dnscrypt-server start

I pass a host path mount instead of creating a Docker Volume, since they can get deleted in regular docker prune.

Here, is the “Anchor IP”, which Digital Ocean internally maps to my Floating IP.

The container comes up, generates new short-term keys and goes live:

Starting DNSCrypt service for provider:
Starting pre-service scripts in /etc/runit_init.d
setup in directory /opt/unbound/etc/unbound
generating unbound_server.key
Generating RSA private key, 3072 bit long modulus (2 primes)
e is 65537 (0x010001)
generating unbound_control.key
Generating RSA private key, 3072 bit long modulus (2 primes)
e is 65537 (0x010001)
create unbound_server.pem (self signed certificate)
create unbound_control.pem (signed client certificate)
Signature ok
subject=CN = unbound-control
Getting CA Private Key
Setup success. Certificates created. Enable in unbound.conf file to use
ok: run: unbound: (pid 28) 300s
ok: run: dnscrypt-wrapper: (pid 31) 300s
ok: run: unbound: (pid 28) 600s
ok: run: dnscrypt-wrapper: (pid 31) 600s

Once the server was up, I verified connectivity with dnscrypt-proxy and it worked perfectly.

Published on May 18, 2019 in