Having a lot of troubles with AliExpress (images won't load)

Expected Behaviour:

Images load and logging into AliExpress works.

Actual Behaviour:

No image loads and logging is impossible (HTTP

Debug Token:

imwad2mexr


So I have everything whitelisted or not blocked to begin with (g.alicdn.com and ae01.alicdn.com as other threads suggested). I clear the PiHole DNS cache with pihole restartdns and I clear my Windows 10 cache with ipconfig /flushdns, yet, AliExpress most of the time doesn’t work properly… other times it loads, though.

I haven’t determined the exact set of circumstances that makes the page load or don’t…

I’m sure is something about PiHole because the same behavior is present in all the devices of the network and the page loads 100% of the times I’m using cell network

Here is what I’ve whitelisted and Aliexpress site works correctly:

ae01.alicdn.com
ae04.alicdn.com
g.alicdn.com
s.click.aliexpress.com
ynuf.alipay.com
cmap.alibaba.com
img.alibaba.com

I’m going to try whitelisting all of that, but anyway those urls are not currently getting blocked. :confused:

What did the tools in the link above show as blocked when you go to AliExpress?

Nothing…

I’m using pihole -t and browsing AliExpress showed no red blocking messages, yet the page doesn’t load the images.

Edit: On my Android device on the other hand, it’s blocking dorangesource.alicdn.com.

I’ll try unblocking that for now.

Edit 2: Nothing, again.

lighthouse.aliexpress.com
best.aliexpress.com
ae01.alicdn.com
assets.alicdn.com
g.alicdn.com
i.alicdn.com
is.alicdn.com
translate.google.com
translate.googleapis.com
www.google.com
www.gstatic.com

Is all AliExpress home page is requesting according to Adam:ONE.

Edit 3:

Something interesting I just realized is that, while the domains are not being blocked, the response is NODATA-IPv4! What does this mean?

Full pihole -t after pihole restartdns:

pi@pihole:~ $ pihole restartdns
  [✓] Restarting DNS service
pi@pihole:~ $ pihole -t
  [i] Press Ctrl-C to exit
Jan  7 21:15:03 dnsmasq[16970]: using nameserver 1.1.1.1#53
Jan  7 21:15:03 dnsmasq[16970]: using nameserver 84.200.70.40#53
Jan  7 21:15:03 dnsmasq[16970]: using nameserver 84.200.69.80#53
Jan  7 21:15:03 dnsmasq[16970]: using nameserver 208.67.220.220#53
Jan  7 21:15:03 dnsmasq[16970]: using nameserver 208.67.222.222#53
Jan  7 21:15:03 dnsmasq[16970]: using nameserver 8.8.4.4#53
Jan  7 21:15:03 dnsmasq[16970]: using nameserver 8.8.8.8#53
Jan  7 21:15:03 dnsmasq[16970]: read /etc/hosts - 5 addresses
Jan  7 21:15:03 dnsmasq[16970]: read /etc/pihole/local.list - 2 addresses
Jan  7 21:15:03 dnsmasq[16970]: read /etc/pihole/black.list - 6 addresses
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: read /etc/pihole/gravity.list - 935537 addresses
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: query[A] pi.hole from 192.168.1.33
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: /etc/pihole/local.list pi.hole is 192.168.1.32
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: query[A] best.aliexpress.com from 192.168.1.33
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded best.aliexpress.com to 1.0.0.1
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded best.aliexpress.com to 1.1.1.1
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded best.aliexpress.com to 84.200.70.40
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded best.aliexpress.com to 84.200.69.80
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded best.aliexpress.com to 208.67.220.220
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded best.aliexpress.com to 208.67.222.222
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded best.aliexpress.com to 8.8.4.4
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded best.aliexpress.com to 8.8.8.8
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: query[A] best.aliexpress.com from 192.168.1.33
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded best.aliexpress.com to 1.0.0.1
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded best.aliexpress.com to 1.1.1.1
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded best.aliexpress.com to 84.200.70.40
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded best.aliexpress.com to 84.200.69.80
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded best.aliexpress.com to 208.67.220.220
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded best.aliexpress.com to 208.67.222.222
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded best.aliexpress.com to 8.8.4.4
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded best.aliexpress.com to 8.8.8.8
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: query[A] ae01.alicdn.com from 192.168.1.33
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 1.0.0.1
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 1.1.1.1
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 84.200.70.40
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 84.200.69.80
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 208.67.220.220
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 208.67.222.222
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 8.8.4.4
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 8.8.8.8
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: query[A] ae01.alicdn.com from 192.168.1.33
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 1.0.0.1
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 1.1.1.1
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 84.200.70.40
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 84.200.69.80
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 208.67.220.220
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 208.67.222.222
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 8.8.4.4
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 8.8.8.8
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: query[A] g.alicdn.com from 192.168.1.33
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded g.alicdn.com to 1.0.0.1
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded g.alicdn.com to 1.1.1.1
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded g.alicdn.com to 84.200.70.40
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded g.alicdn.com to 84.200.69.80
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded g.alicdn.com to 208.67.220.220
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded g.alicdn.com to 208.67.222.222
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded g.alicdn.com to 8.8.4.4
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded g.alicdn.com to 8.8.8.8
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: query[A] ae01.alicdn.com from 192.168.1.33
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 1.0.0.1
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 1.1.1.1
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 84.200.70.40
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 84.200.69.80
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 208.67.220.220
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 208.67.222.222
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 8.8.4.4
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 8.8.8.8
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: query[A] assets.alicdn.com from 192.168.1.33
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded assets.alicdn.com to 1.0.0.1
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded assets.alicdn.com to 1.1.1.1
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded assets.alicdn.com to 84.200.70.40
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded assets.alicdn.com to 84.200.69.80
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded assets.alicdn.com to 208.67.220.220
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded assets.alicdn.com to 208.67.222.222
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded assets.alicdn.com to 8.8.4.4
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded assets.alicdn.com to 8.8.8.8
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply best.aliexpress.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply global.aliexpress.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply global.aliexpress.com.gds.alibabadns.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply eu1111.alicdn.com.edgekey.net is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply e11956.x.akamaiedge.net is 23.60.208.199
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: query[A] ae01.alicdn.com from 192.168.1.33
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded ae01.alicdn.com to 1.0.0.1
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: query[A] cdp.aliexpress.com from 192.168.1.33
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded cdp.aliexpress.com to 1.0.0.1
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: query[A] message.aliexpress.com from 192.168.1.33
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded message.aliexpress.com to 1.0.0.1
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: query[A] lighthouse.aliexpress.com from 192.168.1.33
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded lighthouse.aliexpress.com to 1.0.0.1
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply ae01.alicdn.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply global-image.aliexpress.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply global-image.aliexpress.com.gds.alibabadns.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply ae01.alicdn.com.danuoyi.alicdn.com is NODATA-IPv4
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: query[A] ae01.alicdn.com from 192.168.1.33
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: cached ae01.alicdn.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: cached global-image.aliexpress.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: cached global-image.aliexpress.com.gds.alibabadns.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: cached ae01.alicdn.com.danuoyi.alicdn.com is NODATA-IPv4
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply ae01.alicdn.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply global-image.aliexpress.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply global-image.aliexpress.com.gds.alibabadns.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply ae01.alicdn.com.danuoyi.alicdn.com is NODATA-IPv4
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply g.alicdn.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply g.alicdn.com.danuoyi.alicdn.com is NODATA-IPv4
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply ae01.alicdn.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply global-image.aliexpress.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply global-image.aliexpress.com.gds.alibabadns.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply ae01.alicdn.com.danuoyi.alicdn.com is NODATA-IPv4
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply assets.alicdn.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply wildcard.alicdn.com.edgekey.net is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply e11956.x.akamaiedge.net is 23.60.208.199
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply lighthouse.aliexpress.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply nocn-ru-akamai.aliexpress.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply nocn-ru-akamai.aliexpress.com.gds.alibabadns.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply sa1111.alicdn.com.edgekey.net is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply e11957.x.akamaiedge.net is 23.60.213.125
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: query[A] ae01.alicdn.com from 192.168.1.33
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: cached ae01.alicdn.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: cached global-image.aliexpress.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: cached global-image.aliexpress.com.gds.alibabadns.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: cached ae01.alicdn.com.danuoyi.alicdn.com is NODATA-IPv4
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply ae01.alicdn.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply global-image.aliexpress.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply global-image.aliexpress.com.gds.alibabadns.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply ae01.alicdn.com.danuoyi.alicdn.com is NODATA-IPv4
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply message.aliexpress.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply areaall-ru-akamai.aliexpress.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply areaall-ru-akamai.aliexpress.com.gds.alibabadns.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply sa1111.alicdn.com.edgekey.net is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: reply e11957.x.akamaiedge.net is 23.60.213.125
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: query[A] ae01.alicdn.com from 192.168.1.33
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: cached ae01.alicdn.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: cached global-image.aliexpress.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: cached global-image.aliexpress.com.gds.alibabadns.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:10 dnsmasq[16970]: cached ae01.alicdn.com.danuoyi.alicdn.com is NODATA-IPv4
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: query[A] c.tmstrack.com from 192.168.1.33
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded c.tmstrack.com to 1.0.0.1
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: query[A] s.click.aliexpress.com from 192.168.1.33
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded s.click.aliexpress.com to 1.0.0.1
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: reply c.tmstrack.com is NXDOMAIN
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: reply s.click.aliexpress.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: reply uswildcard.alicdn.com.edgekey.net is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: reply e1429.x.akamaiedge.net is 23.15.133.119
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: reply cdp.aliexpress.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: reply areaall-ru-akamai.aliexpress.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: reply areaall-ru-akamai.aliexpress.com.gds.alibabadns.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: reply sa1111.alicdn.com.edgekey.net is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: reply e11957.x.akamaiedge.net is 23.60.213.125
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: query[A] stun.services.mozilla.com from 192.168.1.33
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: forwarded stun.services.mozilla.com to 1.0.0.1
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: query[A] g.alicdn.com from 192.168.1.33
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: cached g.alicdn.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: cached g.alicdn.com.danuoyi.alicdn.com is NODATA-IPv4
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: reply stun.services.mozilla.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: reply stun1.webrtc.us-east-1.prod.mozaws.net is 54.172.47.69
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: query[A] ae01.alicdn.com from 192.168.1.33
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: cached ae01.alicdn.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: cached global-image.aliexpress.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: cached global-image.aliexpress.com.gds.alibabadns.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: cached ae01.alicdn.com.danuoyi.alicdn.com is NODATA-IPv4
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: query[A] ae01.alicdn.com from 192.168.1.33
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: cached ae01.alicdn.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: cached global-image.aliexpress.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: cached global-image.aliexpress.com.gds.alibabadns.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:11 dnsmasq[16970]: cached ae01.alicdn.com.danuoyi.alicdn.com is NODATA-IPv4
Jan  7 21:15:13 dnsmasq[16970]: query[A] ae01.alicdn.com from 192.168.1.33
Jan  7 21:15:13 dnsmasq[16970]: cached ae01.alicdn.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:13 dnsmasq[16970]: cached global-image.aliexpress.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:13 dnsmasq[16970]: cached global-image.aliexpress.com.gds.alibabadns.com is <CNAME>
Jan  7 21:15:13 dnsmasq[16970]: cached ae01.alicdn.com.danuoyi.alicdn.com is NODATA-IPv4

My guess is that some of the DNS resolvers is giving me garbage responses.

Edit 4:

My guess was correct! I dissabled Cloudflare’s secondary upstream DNS (1.0.0.1) and everything works again! Yahoooo!

Edit 5: Cloudflare primary upstream DNS (1.1.1.1) is also being problematic, had to disable it as well!

TL;DR: Don’t use Cloudflare DNS if you want to shop cheap chinese stuff lol.

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