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Article Type: Troubleshooting
Product: Symphony
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Component: Symphony Server
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Created: 4-Nov-2015 4:49:20 PM
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Security Camera Credentials

Applies to: Device Pack release 1.0.35.0 with Symphony Version 6.11 to 6.14.x

PACK-2442 Security: Improved security of camera credentials when connecting to a camera.

IMPORTANT: Your camera must support HTTP Digest Authentication.

How to Set Up Your Camera

You can force cameras to use a specific HTTP Authentication scheme by using a global setting or a per-camera setting.

HTTP Authentication schemes:
0 - Any Authentication supported by camera (Basic Authentication or Digest Authentication) this is the default behaviour.
1 - Only Basic Authentication will be used (this is useful for old cameras that do not support Digest Authentication).
2 - Only Digest Authentication will be used (use this setting for more secure communication).

Recommendation:

  • If you want to use older cameras that do not support HTTP Digest Authentication, either leave the global setting empty (as it is currently) or set it to 0.
  • If you want to protect the username/passwords in newer cameras that support HTTP Digest Authentication, set the main setting to 2 and then set the individual camera settings to 0 or 1 for older cameras that do not support HTTP Digest Authentication.

Global Setting:

  1. In Symphony Client, from the Server menu, select Manual Configuration Editor. The Server Configuration dialog box appears.
  2. At the top, click the Add a new setting... area. The Type, ID, Section, Key, and Value fields appear.
  3. Enter the following:
  4. Type: Server

    ID: 5000

    Section: Main

    Key: HTTPAuthentication

    Value: 2

  5. Click Apply.
  6. Click Close.

Per Camera Setting:

  1. In Symphony Client, from the Server menu, select Manual Configuration Editor. The Server Configuration dialog box appears.
  2. At the top, click the Add a new setting... area. The Type, ID, Section, Key, and Value fields appear.
  3. Enter the following:
  4. Type: Camera

    ID: <your camera ID>

    Section: Camera

    Key: HTTPAuthentication

    Value: 2

  5. Click Apply.
  6. Click Close.

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