Using C# to Log into a PHP Page

Hi All,

I'm trying to use C# to log into a PHP webpage.  I've got the following code which gets me as far as requesting the HTML and removing problem characters but I don't know how to get username/password into the text boxes (auth_user & auth_pw) and click the submit login button (b_login):

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using System.Net;
using System.IO;
using System.Text.RegularExpressions;
using System.Web;

namespace WebRippp
{
    public partial class Form1 : Form
    {

        public string source;
        public string url = "http://99.99.99.99/admin/";

        public Form1()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
        }

        private void btnGetSource_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            //Create Cookie Container.
            CookieContainer cookies = new CookieContainer();
            
            //Set Proxy Server Info.
            setProxy();
            
            //Request Login Page.
            loginPage();


            string url = txtSource.Text;
        }

        private void loginPage()
        {
            //Request login page source.
            HttpWebRequest request = (HttpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create(url);
            HttpWebResponse response = (HttpWebResponse)request.GetResponse();
            StreamReader stream = new StreamReader(response.GetResponseStream());
            source = stream.ReadToEnd();
            stream.Close();
            source = source.Replace("\n", "").Replace("\r", "").Replace("\t", "").Replace(" ", "");

            //Post
            [b]?????[/b]
        }

        private string ExtractViewState(string s)
        {
            string viewStateNameDelimiter = "__VIEWSTATE";
            string valueDelimiter = "value=\"";

            int viewStateNamePosition = s.IndexOf(viewStateNameDelimiter);
            int viewStateValuePosition = s.IndexOf(
                  valueDelimiter, viewStateNamePosition
               );

            int viewStateStartPosition = viewStateValuePosition +
                                         valueDelimiter.Length;
            int viewStateEndPosition = s.IndexOf("\"", viewStateStartPosition);
            string viewState = HttpUtility.UrlEncodeUnicode(
                     s.Substring(
                        viewStateStartPosition,
                        viewStateEndPosition - viewStateStartPosition
                     )
                  );
            return viewState;
        }

        private void setProxy()
        {
            System.Net.WebProxy pry = new System.Net.WebProxy("99.99.99.99", 8080);
            //The DefaultCredentials automically get username and password.
            pry.Credentials = CredentialCache.DefaultCredentials;
            GlobalProxySelection.Select = pry;
        }
    }
}

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Help & Guidance much appreciated!

Thanks!
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ImaCircularSawAsked:
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SubsonicDesignOfficialConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You should use WebBrowser control automation to do that. It seems that you already know the IDs of TextBox controls and the Button so you only have to write a little code to automatically add the text into textboxes and perform a button click. Please take a look at the following article:

http://www.codeproject.com/KB/cs/mshtml_automation.aspx

I've created something very similar in the past and the article above helped me A LOT!
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Russell_VenableConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Using a Webbrowser control is the easiest way, but it does not give you full control over what your doing.

I would suggest that you buy the book: HTTP Programming Recipes for C# Bots. Its the best reference for this kind of work. Gets straight to the point as it becomes really difficult to give small solutions for this.

Besides if you get the book all you have to do is reference it :) Its a plus plus.

It will teach you  how to use get/post requests and parse the information and then display or use however you need it. Including posting to Forms, Multi-posts, etc.

If you dont want to go that route your going to need a few tools to do the job.

Tools:

1. Fiddler: [url="http://www.fiddler2.com/fiddler2/

Fiddler[/url]"]

2. Wireshark: [url="http://www.wireshark.org/

Wireshark[/url]"]

3. or A custom tool to read the Http get/post response



When you submit a form it sends a request like this.
POST /someForm.php?Value=someValue&auth_user=someUser&auth_pw=SomePassword&b_login

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You are basically recreating the same method that those tools show you. After that you should be logged in and you can add CookieContainer to store your cookies to stay logged in, etc.
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ImaCircularSawAuthor Commented:
I've not been able to complete this yet, however, both of your options seem good enough to me so I'll split the points fairly.

Thanks!
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