Altdns is a Subdomain Recon Tool in Python that allows for the discovery of subdomains that conform to patterns. The tool takes in words that could be present in subdomains under a domain (such as test, dev, staging) as well as takes in a list of subdomains that you know of.
From these two lists that are provided as input to altdns, the tool then generates a massive output of “altered” or “mutated” potential subdomains that could be present. It saves this output so that it can then be used by your favourite DNS brute-forcing tool such as:
Features of altdns Subdomain Enumeration Tool
Alternatively, the -r flag can be passed to altdns so that once this output is generated, the tool can then resolve these subdomains (multi-threaded) and save the results to a file.
Altdns works best with large datasets. Having an initial dataset of 200 or more subdomains should churn out some valid subdomains via the alterations generated.
altdns Subdomain Recon Tool Usage
./altdns.py -i subdomains.txt -o data_output -w words.txt -r -s results_output.txt
subdomains.txt contains the known subdomains for an organization
data_output is a file that will contain the massive list of altered and permuted subdomains
words.txt is your list of words that you'd like to permute your current subdomains with (i.e. admin, staging, dev, qa) - one word per line
the -r command resolves each generated, permuted subdomain
the -s command tells altdns where to save the results of the resolved permuted subdomains. results_output.txt will contain the final list of permuted subdomains found that are valid and have a DNS record.
the -t command limits how many threads the resolver will use simultaneously
-d 188.8.131.52 overrides the system default DNS resolver and will use the specified IP address as the resolving server. Setting this to the authoritative DNS server of the target domain may increase resolution performance
You can download altdns here:
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