Broken Browser Support for Video Surveillance

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Mar 22, 2017

Modern web browsers have left the security industry behind. Current Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge browsers do not support NPAPI plugins, crippling live video and configuration in many IP camera and recorder web interfaces. And despite years of warnings that these plugins would be (or have been) disabled, few manufacturers have released plugin-free UIs with support for H.264 streaming.

In this report we look at what manufacturers are affected and which have released plugin-free web UIs, covering:

  • Arecont
  • Avigilon
  • Axis
  • Bosch
  • Dahua
  • Hanwha
  • Hikvision
  • Panasonic
  • Pelco

****** *** ******** **** **** *** ******** ******** ******. ******* Chrome, *******, *** ********* **** ******** ** *** ******* ***** plugins, ********* **** ***** *** ************* ** **** ** ****** and ******** *** **********. *** ******* ***** ** ******** **** these ******* ***** ** (** **** ****) ********, *** ************* have ******** ******-**** *** **** ******* *** *.*** *********.

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Browser *******

**** ***** ********** ****** ******* ***** (** ***** ***):

******* ** ****, ***** *** *********** ***** ***** ******** ********, despite *** ***,******** ******** *****, *** **** ** ******* *******.

Plugin-Free *** **********

***** *** ***** ******* ******-**** *** ********** ***** ***** *.*** support (****** ******* *****, ********* *****).

  • **** (********* **** *********, ****** ***** ** ****)
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***** *** ******* ***** ************* ***** ** *** ******* *******, using ***** ********* ** *** *******, ********* ********, *******, *********, and *****. ** **** *** ******** ***** ****, ******** **** on ***** ******** *.***/*.*** ******* *******.

Axis *** *** *********

**** *** ********* *** *** ************** ******** ****** **** *.*** ** ***** *** ************* ****. *******, **** **** **** ******* **** *** *** ******** this ******. **** **** **** **** ** ********* *** ******* in ** ******* *** **** ** **** *** ***** ******.

Bosch: ** ****** *.***

** ******* *********, *.*** ******* ******* ***** ******* ** *** browsers. *** *******, *** ***** ***** ***** ************ ********* ******* *******.

Hanwha / *******

*** ****** ****** (******* *, *, *** *) **** **** their ******* *** *********, ***** **** ******* ******** ***** ******* support, ******* ** *** *** ********, ***** *** **** ******* Wisenet ********* ******** ******* *** **** **** ******* *** *************. Note **** **** *** ********* ** **** ********** (***** *****), and ****** ** ****** ***** ******** ** **** ** *** (MJPEG ********* ****).

Plugins ********

*****, ** ****** ******* ************* ***** ******* ******* *** *********, whether **** ********* ** *************, *********:

  • **** (******* *** *********)
  • *****
  • *********

Axis: ***** **** / ******* *************

** ******** ***** **** ** (***** *** **** ***** ******* plugin), **** ******* ******* ***** ***** ****. ********* *** *.*** stream ******* ***** **** *** ******* ** *** *********:

************, ************* ** **** ******** ** ******** **** *** ***** IE, *********** *****.

Dahua: ** **** ***** / ******* *************

** ******** ***** **** ******** ********, ***** ***** ** **** video, ***** **** ** *******:

**** **** ******* ***** *****, **** ** ***, ***** *****. Without ******* *********, ***** ****** **** *** ******* ** ******* masks.

Hikvision: ** **** ***** / ******* *************

**** *****, **** ***** *** **** ************* ******** *** **** disabled ******* ******* (******* ** **). **** **** ***************** * ********* ** **** ********* ****** *******, ******** ** ***** ** **-******* ** "** ****", *** this *** *** ********.

*****, ******* **** ***** *********, *** *** ********* ************* *** disabled, ***** **** ** *******.

H.264 / *.*** ********* ********

** ********* ** ********* ****** ************ ******* *************, ***** *** **** ** ****** *.*** (*** *** *.***) video ******* ***** *******, **** **:

  • ***** ***** ********.******** ********************* * **** ***** ******** ******* **************. **** *********** *** ***** *** ** ******** ***** ********** (*** ******* ***** *** ******** ** ****** **********).

  • ******.********* ******** *** **** **** ************* ******* ***** *** *** technology *** **** ** **** *** ************ **** **** ********* media *** ****. ******’*********** ********** ****** ** ****** ** ***** ******* * ******* *** TV.

*******, ***** *** **** ******* ******** **** ** *** *** years ***** ******, *** **** ******* *** *******, ******** ***** support, ** ******* ** ** **** **** *** ************ ******** at ***** **** ******* ***** ********.

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