Cloudflare 1001 DNS Errors

paul78paul78 Posts: 2,939Member ■■■■■■■■■■
Am I the only one that runs into Cloudflare 1001 DNS errors every 2 to 3 clicks on the new TE? Just wondering if it's just me. It looked like the new TE is hosted at and there's some DNS round-robin configured. But it looks correct to me.

Seems to be related to use of Tor but Cloudflare supports Tor and I don't have problems accessing any other Cloudflare protected systems with Tor.


  • paul78paul78 Posts: 2,939Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    BTW - in case anyone is looking into this problem - my only observation so far when this problem occurs on TE is when the source IP is IPv6.
  • shochanshochan Senior Member ARPosts: 815Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    edited December 2018
    Didn't Cloudflare implement DNSSEC recently?  Not sure if its related, but that would only be an assumption...I would definitely get with their support about it.

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  • MeggoMeggo Administrator Posts: 178Admin Admin
    Thanks for raising this. I sent in a ticket this morning. 
  • paul78paul78 Posts: 2,939Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    shochan said:
    Didn't Cloudflare implement DNSSEC recently?  Not sure if its related, but that would only be an assumption...I would definitely get with their support about it.
    That's pretty cool to see. I would be surprised if it's related but you never know. I did just check and I see that DNSSEC is configured and it looks to be configured correctly. But I see that doesn't have DNSSEC configured.

    @Meggo - Thanks. I'm curious to know what causes the issue if that's able to be disclosed.

  • MeggoMeggo Administrator Posts: 178Admin Admin
    @paul78 Next time this happens, mind grabbing a screen shot that includes the URL? 
  • paul78paul78 Posts: 2,939Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    @Meggo - happens every 3-4 HTTPS request so it's not tough to reproduce. The URL is an URL so it can happen on any forum page. The error is being served up by Cloudflare. Instead of a screen shot, I am enclosing the actual HTML source. Note that the source IP is IPv6.

    An example screenshot is on the Cloudflare support site here -

    Actual error below:

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              <span class="cf-error-code">1001</span>
              <small class="heading-ray-id">Ray ID: 4853f8e26ca86bf8 &bull; 2018-12-07 03:40:40 UTC</small>
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  • JDMurrayJDMurray Certification Invigilator Surf City, USAPosts: 11,228Admin Admin
    How are to connecting to the Internet using only IPv6? Through a proxy at your work?
  • paul78paul78 Posts: 2,939Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    JDMurray said:
    How are to connecting to the Internet using only IPv6? Through a proxy at your work?
    No - just via regular behind a NAT internet access. It's regular TOR browser but when the error asserts, I notice it's always an IPv6 address. I haven't encountered this problem  with other Cloudflare protected sites.

    I'd be curious if anyone else sees this problem with the latest TOR browser.
  • JDMurrayJDMurray Certification Invigilator Surf City, USAPosts: 11,228Admin Admin
    I just accessed TE using Mozilla Brave (Version 0.57.18) and in a private window with TOR. I'm not getting any errors by just browsing around TE and not logged in. 

    If you are not using the Brave browser, give it a try with the TOR private window feature. If you are using Brave, log out of TE and see if the CF errors occur when you are not logged in.
  • shochanshochan Senior Member ARPosts: 815Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    I was using Brave, but not the Tor within it...I just tried it, after a ton of Captcha verifying it finally loaded up TE...of course much slower load as expected.

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  • JDMurrayJDMurray Certification Invigilator Surf City, USAPosts: 11,228Admin Admin
    edited December 2018
    I didn't have too much of an issue with speed, but those initial captchas are freekin' annoying! When I was doing the Cloudflare captchas, it displayed my TOR exit IP as IPv4. Maybe the CF errors are related to IPv6.

  • paul78paul78 Posts: 2,939Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Thanks guys. That's an interesting tidbit. I'm using Tor Browser from Tor Project. Cloudflare does support Tor exit nodes pretty well so perhaps it's something else. I'll see if I can play around with other settings.
  • paul78paul78 Posts: 2,939Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    @JDMurray and @shochan - thanks for your comments.  I was just re-reading your posts and I noticed your mention about the captchas. Brave must be not have implemented opportunistic onions. I use TorBrowser 8.x so I don't see the capthas with Cloudflare protected sites. You rarely see captchas with Cloudflare protected sites because, CF created an Onion service and it looks like it's enabled for TE.

    There's a pretty interesting blog article on the topic here -

    Perhaps the problem is related to TE through an opportunistic onion. I noticed some patches to TorBrowser this week so I'll check those out.
  • MeggoMeggo Administrator Posts: 178Admin Admin
    Let me know if you dig up anything interesting. I have an open ticket regarding this issue but haven't heard anything back yet. 
  • JDMurrayJDMurray Certification Invigilator Surf City, USAPosts: 11,228Admin Admin
    I just installed Tor Browser 8.0.4 and "Error 1001" is still there for TE.
  • paul78paul78 Posts: 2,939Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    @Meggo - any news? Thanks. 
  • MeggoMeggo Administrator Posts: 178Admin Admin
    @paul78 I just messaged them again about this on Monday. Here's what I got: 

    Looks like the issue is associated with a certain browser with a specific set of rules. I'll forward this over to my operations team to see if they can tell me more. 

    I just asked for an update and will let you know what I find out. I've been sharing this thread with them, so they have received all the background information.  
  • paul78paul78 Posts: 2,939Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Thanks @Meggo ; - I doubt that it's browser related - it seems to be DNS related through Tor network. The browser is based on Mozilla Firefox 60.4.0esr (64-bit).

    One tidbit. I was just playing around and noticed that I don't have the same issue when accessing any other hosted forums using Tor Browser. The only difference is that with TE, the subdomain is a CNAME to the Perhaps the issue is with - I see that's DNS is hosted there.

  • MeggoMeggo Administrator Posts: 178Admin Admin
    edited December 2018
    @paul78 Sharing this with some folks here now. Thanks for the tip!
  • paul78paul78 Posts: 2,939Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    @Meggo - any chance someone looked at the DNS integration issues with Cloudflare's TOR support? The errors are quite annoying. If you guys don't want to support access through TOR that's ok - I'm just wondering since Cloudflare has great TOR support.
  • MeggoMeggo Administrator Posts: 178Admin Admin
    @paul78 I'm sorry, I should have checked back in with you. I did not have any luck escalating this thru Vanilla. They attributed the issue to TOR specifically and recommended you use a more common browser like...Edge.

    I don't recommend you use Edge, but the verdict is, the best way to avoid these issues for the time being is to not use TOR. 

    I'm sorry I don't have a better resolution for you, and appreciate all the research you did on this issue.

  • paul78paul78 Posts: 2,939Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Thanks @Meggo.

    BTW - the problem isn't with Vanilla. I can access other Vanilla sites hosted by through the TOR network without any issues. I actually think the issue is related to Infosecinstitute's use of Pairnic's DNS services. It's not a browser issue - it's a network issue.

    I have access to other different networks which seem to work. TOR network is just more convenient in general.

    Thanks for checking back in. Cheers. 

  • MeggoMeggo Administrator Posts: 178Admin Admin
    @paul78 I'll forward this to someone here who is much more informed than I and see if they can get a fix in place. 
  • MeggoMeggo Administrator Posts: 178Admin Admin
    @paul78 I have an update and temporary fix (I hope). Here's what our IT department said: 

    We were able to recreate the issue with TOR, and also experienced this on a few other Vanilla-hosted sites like and So far, the only temporary solution that seems to work is either by setting the ExitNodes to only use a specific country like "U.S." or try switching to "new circuit for this site". We're trying to identify if the issue has something to do with the exit node's DNS or a CloudFlare/Vanilla setting.
  • paul78paul78 Posts: 2,939Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    edited March 22
    Thanks @Meggo - yeah - I usually have to create a new circuit whenever it fails. However, because of the nature of TOR, that means having to do that constantly.

    The common thing about those other 2 sites that also have the same problem is the use of CNAME records. I noticed that forums which are directly accessible on don't exhibit the same issue. 

    Thanks a bunch for following up.

  • paul78paul78 Posts: 2,939Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    BTW - I'm not sure if anything changed. But I now also get Cloudflare 1016 errors -

  • MeggoMeggo Administrator Posts: 178Admin Admin
    @Infosec_Sam, any ideas? 
  • Infosec_SamInfosec_Sam Posts: 124Admin Admin
    Hmm, well here's what the error 1016 usually means:
    • Your Cloudflare DNS configuration does not have an A DNS record that matches the origin IP address.
    • You have a CNAME DNS record pointing to an external domain that cannot be resolved.
    • You're using Cloudflare Load Balancer and the origin host names (CNAMEs) in your default/region and fallback pools cannot be resolved via DNS. Use a fallback pool configured with an origin IP as a backup in case all other pools are unavailable.
    The first two look like they would cause permanent issues only if we change something, but the third point might be a little more intermittent. If we're using Load Balancing, it might just be a little slow to switch from one pool to another, or the fallback pool isn't configured properly so every time it gets traffic, it throws it out.
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