Dahua Firmware Mod Kit + Modded Dahua Firmware

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Hi,

I've been hacking around with my Dahua camera and made a script to unpack and rebuild the firmware upgrade images.
Check out the Github for more info: GitHub - BotoX/Dahua-Firmware-Mod-Kit: Unpack and repack Dahua IP camera firmware upgrade images.

Give me firmware for my camera!
You can download the firmware image that fits your camera below and flash it to your camera or unpack and modify it more.
It will work on both Chinese and international models.
International cameras can flash back to official English firmware after using my modded firmware.
Chinese cameras will never work with official English firmware - they need to be patched.

For IPC-HX4XXX-Eos ("Eco-savvy 2.0" 3rd gen) cameras:
https://i.botox.bz/DH_IPC-HX4XXX-Eos_EngFraSpaRus_PN_Stream3_V2.420.0000.22.R.20161209.bin
Software Version: 2.420.0000.22.R, Build Date: 2016-12-09
MD5Sum: 1332430392def5d9becd4e883d26f7d8
SHASum: 1bc476b78fd706b225243c12a334631971ea6a7c

Compatible cameras according to Dahua:
DH-IPC-HDBW4231R,DH-IPC-HDBW4236R
DH-IPC-HDBW4431R,DH-IPC-HDBW4436R
DH-IPC-HDW4231C-A,DH-IPC-HDW4236C-A
DH-IPC-HDW4233C-A,DH-IPC-HDW4238C-A
DH-IPC-HDW4431C-A,DH-IPC-HDW4436C-A
DH-IPC-HDBW4431R-S,DH-IPC-HDBW4436R-S
DH-IPC-HDBW4233R-AS,DH-IPC-HDBW4238R-S
DH-IPC-HDBW4231R-AS,DH-IPC-HDBW4236R-AS
DH-IPC-HDBW4431R-AS,DH-IPC-HDBW4436R-AS
DH-IPC-HDBW4231R-VF,DH-IPC-HDBW4431R-VF
DH-IPC-HFW4231F,DH-IPC-HFW4236F,DH-IPC-HFW4431F,DH-IPC-HFW4436F
DH-IPC-HFW4231B,DH-IPC-HFW4236B,DH-IPC-HFW4431B,DH-IPC-HFW4436B
DH-IPC-HFW4231D,DH-IPC-HFW4236D,DH-IPC-HFW4431D,DH-IPC-HFW4436D
DH-IPC-HFW4231R-Z,DH-IPC-HFW4431R-Z,DH-IPC-HFW4231R-VF,DH-IPC-HFW4431R-VF
DH-IPC-HFW4231F-AS,DH-IPC-HFW4236F-AS,DH-IPC-HFW4431F-AS,DH-IPC-HFW4436F-AS
DH-IPC-HFW4231B-AS,DH-IPC-HFW4236B-AS,DH-IPC-HFW4431B-AS,DH-IPC-HFW4436B-AS
DH-IPC-HFW4231D-AS,DH-IPC-HFW4236D-AS,DH-IPC-HFW4431D-AS,DH-IPC-HFW4436D-AS
DH-IPC-HFW4231K-I4,DH-IPC-HFW4236K-I4,DH-IPC-HFW4431K-I4,DH-IPC-HFW4436K-I4
DH-IPC-HFW4231K-I6,DH-IPC-HFW4236K-I6,DH-IPC-HFW4431K-I6,DH-IPC-HFW4436K-I6
DH-IPC-HFW4233K-I4,DH-IPC-HFW4238K-I4,DH-IPC-HFW4233K-I6,DH-IPC-HFW4238K-I6
DH-IPC-HFW4231M-I1,DH-IPC-HFW4236M-I1,DH-IPC-HFW4431M-I1,DH-IPC-HFW4436M-I1
DH-IPC-HFW4231M-I2,DH-IPC-HFW4236M-I2,DH-IPC-HFW4431M-I2,DH-IPC-HFW4436M-I2
DH-IPC-HFW4233M-I1,DH-IPC-HFW4238M-I1,DH-IPC-HFW4233M-I2,DH-IPC-HFW4238M-I2
DH-IPC-HFW4233K-AS-I4,DH-IPC-HFW4238K-AS-I4,DH-IPC-HFW4233K-AS-I6,DH-IPC-HFW4238K-AS-I6
DH-IPC-HFW4431K-AS-I4,DH-IPC-HFW4436K-AS-I4,DH-IPC-HFW4431K-AS-I6,DH-IPC-HFW4436K-AS-I6
DH-IPC-HFW4233M-AS-I1,DH-IPC-HFW4238M-AS-I1,DH-IPC-HFW4233M-AS-I2,DH-IPC-HFW4238M-AS-I2
DH-IPC-HFW4431M-AS-I1,DH-IPC-HFW4436M-AS-I1,DH-IPC-HFW4431M-AS-I2,DH-IPC-HFW4436M-AS-I2

Based on official English firmware with following noteworthy changes:
  • English, French, Spanish and Russian language.
  • PAL/NTSC
  • Unlocked additional web GUI features/options.
    • Disable P2P: Network -> TCP/IP -> Easy4ip
  • Hacked Playback to also work with NAS/NFS.
    • Playback tab will be enabled when you have an SD card (default) or enabled NAS/NFS feature. (F5 after you added a NAS)
    • Added option to select NAS instead of SD, obviously...
    • I barely tested it but it seemed to play fine... feedback welcome.
    • FTP can not be supported, stop using it, it's awful.
  • Unlocked all IVS modes.
  • Disabled "CloudUpgradeServer".
  • Telnet enabled permanently on port 2300.

For IPC-HX4XXX-NAND-Eos (-ZS models) cameras:
https://i.botox.bz/General_IPC-HX4XXX-NAND-Eos_EngChnFraSpaRus_PN_Stream3_V2.420.0000.21.R.20160724.bin
Software Version: 2.420.0000.21.R, Build Date: 2016-07-24
MD5Sum: c9ce325783ef99f8c476e861ebd4f82a
SHASum: 119f03c9a35509fb81393aa6653ace884873e57d

Compatible cameras (guessed):
IPC-HDBW4231R-ZS
IPC-HDBW4431R-ZS

Based on Chinese firmware with following noteworthy changes:
  • English, Chinese, French, Spanish and Russian language.
  • PAL/NTSC
  • Unlocked additional web GUI features/options.
    • Disable P2P: Network -> TCP/IP -> Easy4ip
  • Unlocked all IVS modes.
  • Disabled "CloudUpgradeServer".

For IPC-HX4X2X-Themis ("Eco-savvy 2.0" 2nd gen) cameras:
https://i.botox.bz/DH_IPC-HX4X2X-Themis.bin
Software Version: 2.400.0000.34.R, Build Date: 2016-08-01
MD5Sum: 3a6d937e453c91202ab64542d83f1a38
SHASum: c5bfae26ff027d5c3a2c03e73dcbb9cf3e978759

Compatible cameras according to Dahua:
DH-IPC-HDW4120C-A,DH-IPC-HDW4125C-A
DH-IPC-HDW4221C-A,DH-IPC-HDW4226C-A
DH-IPC-HDW4421C-A,DH-IPC-HDW4426C-A
DH-IPC-HDW4120C-A-V2,DH-IPC-HDW4125C-A-V2
DH-IPC-HDW4120S,DH-IPC-HDW4125S,DH-IPC-HDW4221S,DH-IPC-HDW4226S
DH-IPC-HDW4320S,DH-IPC-HDW4325S,DH-IPC-HDW4421S,DH-IPC-HDW4426S
DH-IPC-HDW4120C,DH-IPC-HDW4125C,DH-IPC-HDW4221C,DH-IPC-HDW4226C
DH-IPC-HDW4320C,DH-IPC-HDW4325C,DH-IPC-HDW4421C,DH-IPC-HDW4426C
DH-IPC-HDBW4120R,DH-IPC-HDBW4125R,DH-IPC-HDBW4120R-AS,DH-IPC-HDBW4125R-AS
DH-IPC-HDBW4221R,DH-IPC-HDBW4226R,DH-IPC-HDBW4221R-AS,DH-IPC-HDBW4226R-AS
DH-IPC-HDBW4421R,DH-IPC-HDBW4426R,DH-IPC-HDBW4421R-AS,DH-IPC-HDBW4426R-AS
DH-IPC-HFW4120B,DH-IPC-HFW4125B,DH-IPC-HFW4120D,DH-IPC-HFW4125D
DH-IPC-HFW4221B,DH-IPC-HFW4226B,DH-IPC-HFW4221D,DH-IPC-HFW4226D
DH-IPC-HFW4320B,DH-IPC-HFW4325B,DH-IPC-HFW4320D,DH-IPC-HFW4325D
DH-IPC-HFW4421B,DH-IPC-HFW4426B,DH-IPC-HFW4421D,DH-IPC-HFW4426D
DH-IPC-HFW4120F,DH-IPC-HFW4125F,DH-IPC-HFW4120F-AS,DH-IPC-HFW4125F-AS
DH-IPC-HFW4120B-AS,DH-IPC-HFW4125B-AS,DH-IPC-HFW4120D-AS,DH-IPC-HFW4125D-AS
DH-IPC-HFW4221B-AS,DH-IPC-HFW4226B-AS,DH-IPC-HFW4221D-AS,DH-IPC-HFW4226D-AS
DH-IPC-HFW4421B-AS,DH-IPC-HFW4426B-AS,DH-IPC-HFW4421D-AS,DH-IPC-HFW4426D-AS

For IPC-HX8XXX-Demeter (Pinhole) cameras:
https://i.botox.bz/DH_IPC-HX8XXX-Demeter_Eng_P_V2.400.0000.10.R.20160314.bin
MD5Sum: 21a05c0520a5e511cb476f1608505df1
SHASum: cdb1e0b219d4586c50e74ba80019b34e958f06cb

Compatible cameras according to HWID:
IPC-HDBW8281-PC
IPC-HDBW8281-Z
IPC-HF8101
IPC-HF8201
IPC-HF8281
IPC-HF8291E-4GT
IPC-HF8301
IPC-HF8351E-4GT
IPC-HFW8101
IPC-HFW8106
IPC-HFW8201
IPC-HFW8206
IPC-HFW8281
IPC-HFW8281E-IRA
IPC-HFW8286
IPC-HFW8301
IPC-HFW8306
IPC-HUM8101
IPC-HUM8101-0280B

NVRs:


TIP: Reset your camera to default config before updating, seems like Dahua messed something up so sonia will crash on certain configs...

PLEASE POST HERE IF YOU HAVE MORE LANGUAGES [OR A CAMERA WITH ANOTHER LANGUAGE]


These cameras have checks in place (HWID) so you can't flash the wrong firmware, hopefully this should prevent you from bricking your camera.

Experts can also use https://i.botox.bz/flashcp (from mtd-utils compiled with Hi3516a SDK) to flash .raw images to partitions on the camera from it's busybox shell.
This is useful while messing around, testing changes so you don't have to flash the full upgrade image every time.

WARNING: DO NOT FLASH THE OFFICIAL ENGLISH FIRMWARE ON CHINESE HARDWARE!
It won't start and you'll have to flash your camera back to the chinese one manually (over telnet or TFTP recovery)
And if you really want to try then at least do "appauto 0" to stop sonia from autostarting before flashing.
I personally always add permanent telnet to the image I am flashing with Dahua-Firmware-Mod-Kit, like so: Add utelnetd server · BotoX/DH_IPC-HX4XXX-Eos@2ddf0f5 · GitHub

Also, thanks to @nayr for chatting with me on IRC :v
(If this helped you and you have some spare for a student: paypal.me/BotoXbz)
(If shit hit the fan and you bricked your camera: Dahua IPC unbricking / recovery over serial UART and TFTP)
 
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Awesome stuff. I have a 4421c so i can't use this, but I have to say it's very awesome that you succeeded in customizing your own Dahua firmware!
 

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Is there any way you can mod the email SMTP part of the firmware so it will work properly? I'm finding that SMTP authentication can't be turned off on the HDW4431C. My SMTP server is set up for no authentication, no ssl or tls, and I can't get this camera to work properly with my mail server.
 

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I tested the firmware ,but without Smart Function and IVS function.
 
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Is there any way you can mod the email SMTP part of the firmware so it will work properly? I'm finding that SMTP authentication can't be turned off on the HDW4431C. My SMTP server is set up for no authentication, no ssl or tls, and I can't get this camera to work properly with my mail server.
That's probably in sonia as there is no sendmail binary on the camera.

I tested the firmware ,but without Smart Function and IVS function.
idk man, works for me™
Screenshot_2016-09-10_19-12-18.png
Which camera do you have?
 

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Everything seems to work fine on my 4431C-A
 

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Thanks a lot for the great firmware. It works pretty well so far. However, if I turn on "Smart codec", the IVS functions become disabled and inaccessible. Is this by design? Thanks.
 

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Thanks a lot for the great firmware. It works pretty well so far. However, if I turn on "Smart codec", the IVS functions become disabled and inaccessible. Is this by design? Thanks.
Well, I didn't make the software, I just added english language to it and patched the checks so I guess it is!
 

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Hi,


EDIT: DO NOT USE SMART CODEC WITH H265, THE CAMERA WILL BOOTLOOP (Dahua bug)
THanks for this! I just ordered these cams, and definitely want to upgrade the firmware. This is my first system and install. I will be using H265 for the compression, can you explain what smart codec is and If i need to sorry about it at all?

Thanks!
 

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THanks for this! I just ordered these cams, and definitely want to upgrade the firmware. This is my first system and install. I will be using H265 for the compression, can you explain what smart codec is and If i need to sorry about it at all?

Thanks!
I have no clue what smart codec does, but some user said that it improves compression with h264.
You shouldn't have to worry about it, they've added this feature recently (2 months ago?).
H265 compression is already insane, doubt you could improve that without pouring lots more of processing power at it...
 

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smartCodec disables all IVS features and the 3rd substream on my camera.. and then I didnt notice much improvement, oah and smartpss had no idea what the bitrate was so it said 0bps..

i dont think its anything you'll really miss and I could not find much documentation on it..

upgrading the firmware, just because you can is not advised.. unless you know something is fixed that your having issues with its best to leave it on what you got it with.. if you brick this you'll have to patch into the serial bus and force a tftp recovery, presuming you have a good image to restore.
 

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thanks to @cor35vet Ive managed to flash my NVR 4216-4k to a Chinese firmware, and then converted it back to english successfully.. now to hack all the features enabled if we can figure out how.

This is a great little tool, should be doable to change languages or rebrand devices without too much trouble.. if your determined and savvy enough.

attached proof, firmware was applied from: http://download.dahuatech.com/kit_det.php?cid=3963 and was entirely Chinese before modification.
 

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Seems like we could maybe extract English language files from some firmware while in operation to stick back after a factory reset maybe?
 

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looks like might be possible to build a firmware package that just lays down the english modifications.. I think its how the grey market vendors are dong it.
 

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If they were doing that why do we lose the language with a factory reset? Firmware shouldn't lose anything. It seems like they must make a non-persistent change? Agree that simply making a persistant language change would be best.
 

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because the modifications are stored on a custom partition for branding and tweaking camera config out of the box; hard reset is likely formatting that and getting factory defaults..

Ive found firmware with only the update script and the custom partition image, indicating you can partially flash the firmware without changing everything.. depending on the partition u flash.. so in theory you can add the language files and over-ride to that custom branding image and just update that, leaving everything else intact.

for example on my NVR there is a custom.lua file in this partition that has the variables:
SupportedLanguage = "English",
SupportedLanguageDefault = "English",
that when I flashed those into my Chinese firmware, it became english.. that was all I had to do.
 

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I was testing this with the SD-Zi-Themis_Chn_PN_Stream3_IVS_V2.400.0000.17 version but cant handle the tables in config.py
Anyone here who knows them .
maybe like this
dhboot.bin.img", {
"required": False,
"type": DAHUA_TYPE.Plain,
"size": 0x00030000

I had several errors because of th size,but i think its working with the Themis
 

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I was testing this with the SD-Zi-Themis_Chn_PN_Stream3_IVS_V2.400.0000.17 version but cant handle the tables in config.py
Anyone here who knows them .
maybe like this
dhboot.bin.img", {
"required": False,
"type": DAHUA_TYPE.Plain,
"size": 0x00030000

I had several errors because of th size,but i think its working with the Themis
You should've contacted me :v
This is the config for Themis: https://p.botox.bz/view/26279f91 (DH_IPC-HX4X2X-Themis not SD-Zi-Themis :v)
You should check the partition-x.cramfs.img image in the firmware upgrade image for the right sizes. Also Install for which files are actually flashed.

I am currently building a firmware image for Themis with the same modifications as for Eos.
This is completely untested DH_IPC-HX4X2X-Themis firmware http://i.botox.bz/DH_IPC-HX4X2X-Themis.bin if anyone wants to try it out.
I can't test it because I don't own such a device, compatibility list:
DH-IPC-HDW4120C-A,DH-IPC-HDW4125C-A
DH-IPC-HDW4221C-A,DH-IPC-HDW4226C-A
DH-IPC-HDW4421C-A,DH-IPC-HDW4426C-A
DH-IPC-HDW4120C-A-V2,DH-IPC-HDW4125C-A-V2
DH-IPC-HDW4120S,DH-IPC-HDW4125S,DH-IPC-HDW4221S,DH-IPC-HDW4226S
DH-IPC-HDW4320S,DH-IPC-HDW4325S,DH-IPC-HDW4421S,DH-IPC-HDW4426S
DH-IPC-HDW4120C,DH-IPC-HDW4125C,DH-IPC-HDW4221C,DH-IPC-HDW4226C
DH-IPC-HDW4320C,DH-IPC-HDW4325C,DH-IPC-HDW4421C,DH-IPC-HDW4426C
DH-IPC-HDBW4120R,DH-IPC-HDBW4125R,DH-IPC-HDBW4120R-AS,DH-IPC-HDBW4125R-AS
DH-IPC-HDBW4221R,DH-IPC-HDBW4226R,DH-IPC-HDBW4221R-AS,DH-IPC-HDBW4226R-AS
DH-IPC-HDBW4421R,DH-IPC-HDBW4426R,DH-IPC-HDBW4421R-AS,DH-IPC-HDBW4426R-AS
 
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I just tried that Themis firmware on a 4421C that had the latest Chinese firmware, and it worked! Excellent..
 

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I soldered a micro-SD socket to the board inside one of my HDW4431C-A cameras and installed a 32 gb card. Once the camera powered up, I browsed through the setup options, including STORAGE, but found nothing new. In other words, the camera is not seeing or recognizing the SD card.

So, if at all possible, if someone can create a modded firmware that might initialize or activate the SD card, I would volunteer to try it out.

If this means turning the camera from a HDW4431C-A into a HDW4431C-AS, then that's fine. Doesn't such a camera model already exist? Maybe this is as simple as dropping the -AS firmware into the -A camera?

Edit: Does this help?

http://download.dahuatech.com/kitDownload.php?filepath=DH_IPC-HX4XXX-Eos_Chn_PN_Stream3_V2.420.0000.21.R.20160724.bin

I got that from here: http://download.dahuatech.com/kit_det.php?cid=3877
 
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