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[REBOL] Re: Command SSL to read your web mail

From: gscottjones:mchsi at: 7-Mar-2002 17:23

GSJ> > Accessing Hotmail thru http, if I recall correctly, GSJ> > requires a combination GSJ> > of cookie management and javascript, thereby effectively GSJ> > eliminating the use GSJ> > of REBOL. I've not investigated the optional pop access.
> >
From: "Graham Chiu"
> I wonder how Windows messenger does it ... as it is unlikely > to be using javascript to determine that you have new > hotmail.
Hi, Graham, I was just thinking about you today, in that I don't see you posting as much as you used to. You have a good question, and I don't know the answer. But the http login appears to use JavaScript to manage the SSL login, and then a computer generated key is used to identify the user, and the key is managed dynamically. A regular http connection is used after the log on. I am assuming that the cookie is storing the updated keys as they are generated, but I have not checked further into this possibility. The additional kink (again if I recall correctly) is that trying to access the site through the standard web http interface requires following redirected url's, which requires the http scheme hack that Maarten (I think) and I kind of batted around last spring. I guess Messenger could do a quick check with https (or a private channel??? Packet sniffer, anyone?). Outlook Express uses an http address for its sign in, so I can only assume that it is doing something similar. I guess I shouldn't have answered J M's mail, but I was trying to be helpful. Regards, --Scott Jones