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Author Topic: What cookies does AWS need?  (Read 491 times)

Offline vortex787

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What cookies does AWS need?
« on: September 15, 2019, 12:58:14 PM »
Hi,

I am using the Firefox web browser and I have it configured so that it automatically declines all cookies, except for those URL's that I added to the whitelist. When I add https://www.airwaysim.com to the whitelist and try to log into the game, login fails and the AWS website tells me to change my cookie settings and allow cookies. However, I do not want to allow websites to place cookies in general whenever I visit them.
Which URL's do I have to add to the whitelist in order to login to the AWS game?

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Re: What cookies does AWS need?
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2019, 02:03:16 PM »
Our domain (and subdomains) are the only cookies you need. Not quite sure why it says that since you are able to login just OK? (I have Firefix too and can check the browser settings later on; cannot remember directly..)

Can you post a screenshot on what your settings look?

There are some stats from Google Analytics which might place a cookie too but those are not required for any functionality.

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Re: What cookies does AWS need?
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2019, 06:52:40 PM »
Hi Sami,

thank you very much for your quick reply.
You can find my firefox privacy settings attached. With these settings, Firefox blocks any cookies by default. Exceptions can be defined if you click on "Manage permission", about in the middle of the screen. There, you may add URLs and explicitly allow those websites to place cookies. However, if I add https://www.airwaysim.com/ to this list of exceptions, I am still unable to log in. Maybe if you have some spare time, you can have a look at it and try for yourself.
Thanks for now.

edit:
As you mentioned, I am able to log in to AWS, but for this I have to change my browser settings to 'Allow all third-party cookies'.

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Re: What cookies does AWS need?
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2019, 08:16:03 PM »
Hum, I think that is the basic Fiefox privacy setting what you have there? (since I have the same or at least almost the same)

 But in any case try allowing all from airwaysim.com domain (*.airwaysim.com?) if that helps. I will see if I can reproduce that back here too - later on.

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Re: What cookies does AWS need?
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2019, 05:15:57 PM »
Hum, I think that is the basic Fiefox privacy setting what you have there? (since I have the same or at least almost the same)

 But in any case try allowing all from airwaysim.com domain (*.airwaysim.com?) if that helps. I will see if I can reproduce that back here too - later on.

Hi Sami,

these are not quite the default privacy settings. Those you can achieve by selecting 'Standard privacy', i.e. the first option in the screenshot. With standard privacy settings, cookies on websites that have been visited are allowed by default, if I recall correctly.

With my settings, all attempts to place cookies are rejected, except for those websites that I add to the whitelist in 'Manage permission'. However adding the domain https://www.airwaysim.com or https://www.airwaysim.com is not enough to gain access to the game. As far as I know, adding the root URL allows all subdomains to place cookies aswell. So for example if there were to be a domain called https://www.airwaysim.com/login/ , this domain is also allowed to set a cookie if I allowed https://www.airwaysim.com .

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Re: What cookies does AWS need?
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2019, 07:17:46 PM »
When I use the same settings than you I am getting the error first (like I should, since my exception list is empty). But when click on the address bar's site shield and choose Content Blocking -> "Turn off Blocking for this site", it works okay for me (that added the site to the exception list). With that one click I was able to login OK and everything worked (with https://www.airwaysim.com being in the exception list).

And even when I close the browser and reopen my session/login remains just fine.


(n.b. I first logged out of AWS to destroy my old session, then changed Firefox settings to same strict level as yours and then did the test. Try if a simple logout-login trick helps since logout clears all possible remains of any old data if you've recently changed the browser settings.)
« Last Edit: September 16, 2019, 07:20:49 PM by Sami »

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Re: What cookies does AWS need?
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2019, 10:38:28 AM »
Hi Sami,

I solved the problem by adding https://static.airwaysim.com to the whitelist. Now I am able to log in to the game without temporarily disabling all my protections. Thank you for your assistance!

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Re: What cookies does AWS need?
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2019, 10:49:54 AM »
Strange. Can you see if the static domain actually sets any cookies for you? It should not - allshould come from www.

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Re: What cookies does AWS need?
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2019, 02:34:45 PM »
Strange. Can you see if the static domain actually sets any cookies for you? It should not - allshould come from www.

Just had some time to investigate this a little bit further. The static domain does not place any cookies when I am logged in to AWS.
I then removed the static domain from the whitelist, restarted Firefox and logged back in to the game with the www-domain still being on the whitelist. It turns out that the first login attempt always fails, resulting in the message that cookies have to be allowed. However, the second attempt to log in is successful without changing the browser settings. Therefore, the static domain is not needed on the whitelist in order to log in to AWS.

 

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