POST the username and password to the login method
June 8, 2010 4:12 PM   Subscribe

How do it "Simply POST the username and password to the login method" (preferbly using PHP)?

I have the instructions below, but I am a bit unclear as to how to do this. I would prefer to send the username and password and forward to another page of my choosing entirely.

Authentication Service
The authentication service is used to establish a session with Once the session has been established it will expire after 30 minutes of inactivity. The session is used to identify requests as a particular user and apply any security appropriately.

Session Login supports the method below of sending the login information to it.

Raw login using the username and password (also available over https).

URL: http(s)://

Simply POST the username and password to the login method


posted by kaozity to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
Sending an xml chunk to a web service sounds like SOAP to me. In which case you want a SOAP client, which would be a PHP library which would likely handle the session storage and allow you to "talk" to the web service.

Unless I'm misunderstanding.
posted by artlung at 4:48 PM on June 8, 2010

maybe something like this?

< form action="" method="post" />
< input type="text" name=username value="default value" />
< input type="password" name=password value="default value" />
< input type="submit" value="Submit" />

you could also change the input types to hidden etc. post sends the values when asking the server for a webpage. you could fill in the username and password values with php.
posted by kg at 5:18 PM on June 8, 2010

kg, that won't work. What that'll look like in the background is this:
posted by jangie at 8:13 PM on June 8, 2010

SOAP is a very specific format, that the example given looks nothing like, so you "just" want to use PHP (or similar) to open an HTTP connection to the auth server. You could use curl for this, but I can never remember what all the options for it are meant to be, so would probably just go with file_get_contents:

$context = stream_context_create(array( 
  'http' => array( 
    'method'  => 'POST', 
    'header'  => "Content-type: application/xml", 
    'content' => $xml, 
$result = file_get_contents('', false, $context);
where $xml is your username/password chunk. Your session token will be in $result somewhere, I'd imagine.
posted by gregjones at 11:07 PM on June 8, 2010

Response by poster: Thanks all. I will give SOAP and curl a try.
posted by kaozity at 5:48 AM on June 9, 2010

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