You are likely running
systemd-resolved as a service.
systemd-resolved generates two configuration files on the fly, for optional use by DNS client libraries (such as the BIND DNS client library in C libraries):
/run/systemd/resolve/stub-resolv.conf tells DNS client libraries to send their queries to 127.0.0.53. This is where the
systemd-resolved process listens for DNS queries, which it then forwards on.
/run/systemd/resolve/resolv.conf tells DNS client libraries to send their queries to IP addresses that
systemd-resolved has obtained on the fly from its configuration files and DNS server information contained in DHCP leases. Effectively, this bypasses the
systemd-resolved forwarding step, at the expense of also bypassing all of
systemd-resolved's logic for making complex decisions about what to actually forward to, for any given transaction.
In both cases,
systemd-resolved configures a search list of domain name suffixes, again derived on the fly from its configuration files and DHCP leases (which it is told about via a mechanism that is beyond the scope of this answer).
/etc/resolv.conf can optionally be:
- a symbolic link to either of these;
- a symbolic link to a package-supplied static file at
/usr/lib/systemd/resolv.conf, which also specifies 127.0.0.53 but no search domains calculated on the fly;
- some other file entirely.
It's likely that you have such a symbolic link.
In which case, the thing that knows about the 192.168.1.1 setting, that is (presumably) handed out in DHCP leases by the DHCP server on your LAN, is
systemd-resolved, which is forwarding query traffic to it as you have observed.
Your DNS client libraries, in your applications programs, are themselves only talking to
Ironically, although it could be that you haven't captured loopback interface traffic to/from 127.0.0.53 properly, it is more likely that you aren't seeing it because
systemd-resolved also (optionally) bypasses the BIND DNS Client in your C libraries and generates no such traffic to be captured.
There's an NSS module provided with
nss-resolve, that is a plug-in for your C libraries.
Previously, your C libraries would have used another plug-in named
nss-dns which uses the BIND DNS Client to make queries using the DNS protocol to the server(s) listed in
/etc/resolv.conf, applying the domain suffixes listed therein.
nss-resolve gets listed ahead of
nss-dns in your
/etc/nsswitch.conf file, causing your C libraries to not use the BIND DNS Client, or the DNS protocol, to perform name→address lookups at all.
nss-resolve speaks a non-standard and idiosyncratic protocol over the (system-wide) Desktop Bus to
systemd-resolved, which again makes back end queries of 192.168.1.1 or whatever your DHCP leases and configuration files say.
To intercept that you have to monitor the Desktop Bus traffic with
dbus-monitor or some such tool.
It's not even IP traffic, let alone IP traffic over a loopback network interface. as the Desktop Bus is reached via an
If you want to use a third-party resolving proxy DNS server at 188.8.131.52, or some other IP address, you have three choices:
- Configure your DHCP server to hand that out instead of handing out 192.168.1.1.
systemd-resolved will learn of that via the DHCP leases and use it.
systemd-resolved via its own configuration mechanisms to use that instead of what it is seeing in the DHCP leases.
- Make your own
/etc/resolv.conf file, an actual regular file instead of a symbolic link, list 184.108.40.206 there and remember to turn off
nss-resolve so that you go back to using
nss-dns and the BIND DNS Client.
systemd-resolved configuration files are a whole bunch of files in various directories that get combined, and how to configure them for the second choice aforementioned is beyond the scope of this answer.
resolved.conf(5) manual page for that.