Fiddler Vs Browser Cookies problem

Posted on 2013-11-30
Last Modified: 2013-12-02
When I access the URL using Chrome, I see that there are 3 cookies in the browser.  Here is the screenshot.  (used  Chrome Developer tools with Javascript disabled)

However when I look at the Fiddler traffic, I see only two cookies. Screenshot

I see the same behavior as Fiddler when I scrape the page also.

Could some one explain why Fiddler and the Scraper sees only two cookies where the browser sees 3 cookies.
Question by:Offshorent
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by:Dave Baldwin
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In the Fiddler screenshot, the browser didn't send any cookies in the Request which implies that it had never been there before.  The server sends two cookies back to the browser in the Response headers.  Somewhere along the way, you picked up a second ASPSESSION cookie.

In my browser, it does not send any the first time but it receives 5 cookies.  When I use Fiddler after that, my browser sends 6 cookies including two ASPSESSION cookies and receives 4 cookies in the Response.  The Response does not include the session cookies because they have already been set.

The number of cookies can change depending on whether you are looking at the Request or the Response.  Your browser will normally send all the cookies it has for that domain in the Request header.  The server will normally only send back cookies that are new or have been modified.

Author Comment

ID: 39687298
Thank you for the reply. I did not imply browser send information cookies.
This is how I reproduce the issue using Chrome
1. Clear all cookies
2.  Open up a Incognito window (CTRL+SHIFT+N)
3.  Disable Javascripts
4.  Verify the cookies in Chrome Developer tools  (0 found)
5. Visit
6.  Look at the cookies in Chrome Developer tools (3 found)

Now monitor the Step 5 in Fiddler response. 2 Cookies.

Any ideas.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Yes, I already told you.  You should not expect it to stay the same each time.  If you continue your experiment you will see that the session cookies get sent from the browser with the next request but they do Not get sent back from the server... because the server knows what session cookies the browser has at that point.

Browsers Always send any cookies they have for that domain with every page request to that domain.

Also, "Incognito window" will delete cookies when that window is closed.

Your screen shots are showing perfectly normal behavior.  What are you trying to accomplish?

Author Comment

ID: 39687476
I am trying to programmatically log in to  using httpwebrequest/httpwebresponse classes in dot net.

The above ASP form posts the to a a different server which in return does a 302 to  and that page does a 302 to  My application goes up to the first 302 and then it goes to displaying the page to log in (

When look at Fiddler, the only difference I can see between the browser traffic and my program is that the browser does the first 302 request with three (two aspesesssion... and one VSettings) cookies where as  my program and fiddler has only two cookies (one aspession..and on Vsettings..
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Nope, that's not how it works.  I cleared the cookies and did a complete refresh and captured the headers.  The second ASPSESSION cookie is set in a 404 response for a gif file.  Attached is the whole sequence and you can see where the second ASPSESSION cookie is set.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Then I did the same process with Fiddler.  There are only two cookies until that first 404 response which sets the third cookie, another ASPSESSION cookie.  In both cases, you end up with 3 cookies though you start out with 2.

Note that if you click on the link in your question above, you will get 6 cookies because others are added to identify the REFERER, apparently for advertising purposes.

Author Comment

ID: 39688931
Thank you. Your hint helped. Now I am getting the cookie associated with the image.Now I am sending all the requests with same headers as a browser, but still can't get the second 302 correctly from my scraping application.  The only difference I could see is the case sensitivity of  "keep-alive" where my app sends "Keep-Alive" where as the browser sends "keep-alive". Not sure whether this makes a difference.   The  other question  I have is whether order of items in a Request header matters or not.  I am attaching the Request/Response header from the scraper and browser.  I appreciate any help you could provide. Thank you.
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Dave Baldwin earned 500 total points
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I would try to keep the header items in the same order.  But clearly you are missing something at that last step.  The browser is getting the 302 and 4 cookies.  Like I did to find the second ASPSESSION cookie, you may need to capture all of the headers from all of the requests/responses to see what else is being done.  It kind of looks like they are taking serious steps to keep you from doing what you are trying to do.

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ID: 39691533
I am good now.  I was able to log in.Thanks
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by:Dave Baldwin
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You're welcome.

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