This whole CAPTCHA nonsense might, of course, be (in part) IP address related. At least there’s https://accounts.google.com/DisplayUnlockCaptcha. Not sure how that is actually suppose to work, no useful documentation on it either (surprise!). Anyway, I decided to work on proxy support in the setup wizard.
HTTP(S) is fairly unproblematic. Just a ton of boilerplate code, but you can easily switch between proxy hosts on a per request basis (e.g. if you want to bypass geo blocking). What’s giving me headaches is SOCKS5 (Tor, SSH tunnel). For this one you basically have to reboot the entire network code when switching hosts (killing transfers). I guess, I’ll postpone that for now, though SSH tunneling could be real handy.
I’m not sure if the HTTP User-Agent header matters for the login service (it does matter for market service), in case it makes a difference, here’s how to come up with one:
APPNAME/VERSION (DEVICE ID)
Use either “GoogleLoginService” (earlier Android versions) or “GoogleAuth” (later Android versions) as APPNAME. I don’t know exactly when it got renamed, but it must have happened after SDK 16 and before SDK 19. VERSION may be “1.2” or “1.3” for “GoogleLoginService” and “1.4” for “GoogleAuth”.
DEVICE and ID are ro.product.device and ro.build.id from your 📁 /system/build.prop file.
Just a quick one for everybody wanting to have a go at the CAPTCHA problem, but lacks Java skills:
The whole login process is actually just good ol’ HTTP. So, if you know how to operate curl, you are good to go. You’ll also need this commandline tool (source code included in the jar) to generate encrypted passwords.
Why the hell is it taking so long?!
Gnarg! I had android.clients.google.com hardcoded in my 📁 /etc/hosts file the whole time! No idea why. Best case scenario: it didn’t matter at all. Worst case scenario: it raised alerts on my test accounts and/or IP address. Stupid problem: no way of finding out which.
This calls half of last weeks work into question.
In other news: I got an email about a CAPTCHA affected Raccoon instance recovering automatically. Appears as if you can sit this out. Not that you’d want to or that this is practible a solution.
Time for a progress report:
Some of you might have found yourself being asked to solve a captcha when adding a new profile, with Raccoon providing no means to show the image nor accepting an answer.
Ok, just wanted to add a nice feature for the custom ROM community: automatically build an 📁 update.zip from tagged apps in a Raccoon repository. It looked easy, but of course:
Thanks again, Google…