Fix A DNS Leak In Openvpn


Openvpn DNS leak and how to fix it.

You need to ensure that once connected to the VPN, you are ONLY using the DNS server/s provided by the VPN service and to do this, you need to edit the .ovpn-files as an administrator.

As of OpenVPN version 2.3.9 you can now prevent DNS leaks by adding a new OpenVPN option to your .conf (or .ovpn) files.

Sometimes your web browser will ignore the VPN tunnel and send a request to a DNS server. This occurrence is what is referred to as a VPN DNS leak and once a DNS leak occurs, you will no longer be anonymous and your ISP can surveillance you and track your activities.

This is a more common problem in Windows, but it occurs in Linux as well, but follow this tutorial and you'll be fine.

Openvpn DNS leak and how to fix it.

Openresolv - the DNS management framework:


Is a file that holds the configuration for the local resolution of domain names. Normally this file is either static or maintained by a local daemon, normally a DHCP daemon. If you use Privateinternetaccess they will automatically sets your DNS servers to: and and they cannot be changed while the VPN is active.

IMPORTANT! You need to change your DNS settings through Network Manager by doing the following:

  • Go to "System Settings"
  • Click on "Network"
  • Select the "NON-VPN" connection like your Router or Modem.
  • Click "Configure"
  • Click on "Method" and set it to "Automatic (DHCP) addresses only"
  • Enter PIA's DNS servers ( and )
  • Click Save

Then, the next "IMPORTANT" step is to.

Open a terminal window and type:


Press Enter and type your admin password.

Press Enter.

cd /

Press Enter.

cd /etc/openvpn

Press Enter.


Go to /etc/openvpn

Open your .ovpn-files one by one and add these 4 lines:

script-security 2
up /etc/openvpn/update-resolv-conf
down /etc/openvpn/update-resolv-conf

Save the file.

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