My Oracle Support: Authenticate with CLI

I was wondering since some times how I could authenticate on MOS using CLI. Now I got my answer: By reversing the whole SSO auth process in a python script that generate a cookies.txt file, usable with wget.

I know that a simpler method exists using directly wget, but as it doesn't work with every MOS page, I'll prefer a more generic way of doing things.

Here is a quick how to use:

  1. Edit and setup variables inside.
  1. Install python dependencies (linux/debian):
apt-get install python-pip
pip install BeautifulSoup
pip install requests
  1. Run the script
$ ./ 
[-] Initialization...done
[-] Gathering JSESSIONID..done
[-] Trying loginSuccess.jsp...done
[-] Signing in...done
[-] Trying to submit credentials...done
[-] Checking that credentials are valid...done
[-] Logged-in.
  1. Use the cookies.txt with wget
wget --load-cookies=/tmp/cookies.txt --save-cookies=/tmp/cookies.txt --no-check-certificate http://MOSURL

With a little bit of time and fun, you can imagine every tool based on this to ease your sysadmin life. You can even fetch your SR summary/updates using this cookie...

Get the file...

On BeautifulSoup

I’m doing some fairly hardcore screenscraping using Python, so I decided to use BeautifulSoup. After all:

Beautiful Soup won’t choke if you give it bad markup

Oh yes it will:

  <a href="/""></a>
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/", line 115, in error
    raise HTMLParseError(message, self.getpos())
HTMLParser.HTMLParseError: malformed start tag, at line 3, column 14

lxml parses this fine.

The other issue I’m seeing is the old document.write('<scr' + 'ipt>') trick. Even if it’s enclosed in a CDATA block, BeautifulSoup chokes on it.

lxml, again, parses it fine. And it has built-in CSS selector and XPath support.