On Mon, 8 Sep 2008, Donald Allen wrote:

The page I get is what would be obtained if an un-logged-in user went to the specified url. Opening that same url in Firefox *does* correctly indicate that it is logged in as me and reflects my customizations.


First, LiveHTTPHeaders is the Firefox plugin everyone who tries these stunts need. Then you read the capure and replay them as closely as possible using your tool.

As you will find out, sites like this use all sorts of funny tricks to figure out you and to make it hard to automate what you're trying to do. They tend to use javascripts for redirects and for fiddling with cookies just to make sure you have a javascript and cookie enabled browser. So you need to work hard(er) when trying this with non-browsers.

It's certainly still possible, even without using the browser to get the first cookie file. But it may take some effort.

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 / daniel.haxx.se

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