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Originally Posted by Plan9 View Post

I'd already answered how browsers auto login, via cookies. Browsers wouldn't enter the username and password on each page request.

Your example code would not only fail, but you're also broadcasting confidential login details in clear text, which is grossly insecure.

Edit, in fact even in the link you gave, the top answer stated you need session cookies.

Meh, when you submit the form here you send everything in clear text anyway so there's not much difference in that solution... (obviously subsequent requests don't do any of that once you're authenticated and have the cookies, like you say). Well its not really a solution that code because it fails to really show how to pass along the session cookies once authenticated...

Doesn't python have a component that can act as a web client? Its not too difficult to do this in .NET, I mean you give it a cookie jar and send a POST request and off you go!
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Meh, when you submit the form here you send everything in clear text anyway so there's not much difference in that solution... (obviously subsequent requests don't do any of that once you're authenticated and have the cookies, like you say).
That's the thing though, with ar3f's solution the OP would be needlessly sending login credentials with each page request. When really you only need to log in once ever few months / years and the rest of the time it's just a session cookie that's sent (which, arguably, could still be stolen and used to log in by someone else, but at least it's not leaking a password, which people tend to reuse)
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Doesn't python have a component that can act as a web client? Its not too difficult to do this in .NET, I mean you give it a cookie jar and send a POST request and off you go!
GET request surely? If you're just pulling the subscriptions then you're not posting any data.
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That's the thing though, with ar3f's solution the OP would be needlessly sending login credentials with each page request. When really you only need to log in once ever few months / years and the rest of the time it's just a session cookie that's sent (which, arguably, could still be stolen and used to log in by someone else, but at least it's not leaking a password, which people tend to reuse)

Ya that's true, but my way of thinking is I can't be assed copying cookies out of my browser tongue.gif But its not with each page request. Its just once to get the session cookie and auth token, just like you do logging in for the first time via the official page.

Though I would like to think Huddler's cookies are HTTP only to help stop cookie stealing via client side attacks.

With Huddler and other systems the session cookie actually has an expiry. They pass around an auth token that really keeps you "logged in". So you would need to still authenticate via POST first (so that you can a new session) otherwise the system SHOULD freak out that someone is trying to use an already existing session (or the session has expired already).
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GET request surely? If you're just pulling the subscriptions then you're not posting any data.

Sorry should have been more specific. POST was for logging in (if too lazy to copy cookies out of your browser). After that, yeah send a GET with your cookie jar.
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