poshttpd: PowerShell based scripting for the web

For a while now I’ve wanted to make use of PowerShell to do things like what you would use PHP for with Apache, but nothing I found worked, not even cgi-bin stuff. So I figured, why not just build my own? By using stuff like HttpListener, it’s pretty easy to get started and worry more about what the daemon will do with requests then how to handle the conversations.

Git logs and such can be found here and you can get the code by git cloning http://plan.snoj.us/repo/poshttpd.git

First commit comments

*Two “engines”.
**One passthru for static files like images and html.
**The second is for PowerShell scripts.

To build, you must first edit the rootDir variables in main.cs as well as the BG.prefix (if you desire), run buildntest.ps1. It will build main.cs and start poshttpd.exe.

After it’s built and running, open your brower (default: http://localhost:81) and run your PowerShell script. There is an example script in /sites/.

SnojNS 0.2: Still has a lame name

After many an hour pouring over the code and running tests galore, I think I’ve resolved some of the major issues from version 0.1. Like how it would just randomly crash when the forward lookup hosts decided they had had enough. Now it’ll recover from it and chug along.

There is now some simple compression. So now instead of having 6 “google.com” entires, we now have 1 with references to that first occurrence. Down the road, I plan on adding better compression so that parts of domains can be compressed. For instance “someSubdomain.josherickson.org” becomes “someSubdomain.{reference to first josherickson.org}”.

Commit comments:

fixed: non-coded types returned empty from outside sources.
fixed: crash when socket was interupted.
added: m attribute to tags. <a m="somehost" ip="" />
added: beginning dns compression...I think. at least it appears to work.
notes: improved xml lookups. now can easily add xpath based lookups.
notes+: might need to improve this further to allow other filter types.
notes: rm attributes will likely wait until xpath fn:matches function is available.


I’ve noticed while using HE’s IPv6 Tunnel Broker service, that I can’t surf IPv6 sites while using snojns. Not sure why this is, but I wonder if there needs to be an IPv6 socket listener as well.


If you’re smart enough to run this, you’ll know which you’ll want to get.

snojns 0.2.0: Release, Debug, Source.

Its a mnemonic kind of thing, a dns kind of thing

Hosts files are great, you can specify any host to IP combination, overriding anything.

But what about other types of records? Hosts files can’t do service, text, pointer records, etc? So what to do if you want to test these record types? You could setup your own DNS server, create a new zone, add the records to test, while mail, chat, and other services fail left and right on your machine. Or you could use SnojNS.

SnojNS sits between you and your current DNS server. It can add or change domains much like the hosts file, but it can do so much more, like CNAME, PTR, or SRV record types. I’m hoping to add more at later dates, but not to worry, when it comes across a request it doesn’t understand, it just forwards it and relays the info back so you’re never without internet access.

Running it:

Unzip it or compile, edit the hosts.config, open a command prompt, and run. Or if you’re feeling brave, double click to run it and forget about logging any errors that pop up.

sample output of snojns.


Seems to have an issue when there is a lot of requests. That is…it’ll crash. Though the data suggests that it has to do with the forward lookup rejecting udp connections and we can’t yet recover from the error.


If you’re smart enough to run this, you’ll know which you’ll want to get.

snojns 0.1.0: ReleaseDebugSource


  • define a, cname, ptr, and srv resource records
  • forward lookups for undefined domains and unknown resource record types
  • define forward lookups based on requested domain
    • somehost.com can use google’s servers ( while someotherhost.com uses opendns’ (
  • a lot of unused code and commented out sections.

Features Road map:

Not all may happen, but ideas I’d like to explore.

  • config file watch: try reloading the hosts file after a save operation so there’s no need to restart.
  • more record types: like AAAA (ipv6), TXT, and MX.
  • separate dns packet parsing into its own dll
  • create an actual windows service?
  • cache! need that cache.
  • ttl definitions for local records?
  • plugin system to introduce new record types and classes (though who would use anything other than IN?)
  • TCP
  • lookups over ssh: ‘cuz we can’t trust the transit (I’m looking at you Hak5, with your pineapple).
  • load balancing round robins for both answers and forward lookups.



Also, if someone comes up with a better name than “SnojNS” that I like, I’ll buy you $10-15 something from woot.com or amazon as thanks….so thanks! Just post it in the comments or something, as long as I get your email and address.