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    TB VS: Bosch IP VIdeo increased security with Firmware 6.51.

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    This article informs about improvements in firmware handling and new security mechanisms that help our customers to increase security related to firmware updates and IP camera protection.

    BOSCH introduces authenticated firmware signature

    1. Firmware security with IP cameras and IP video encoders is enhanced by introducing signed firmware. The signature of the firmware file has been strengthened by using a two-factor authentication process for signing any firmware file that is published as "RELEASED FIRMWARE".
      This new process has been prepared with firmware 6.50 already and comes into effect with firmware versions 6.51 and newer. Non-released firmware cannot be installed on products in the field. The new signature protects from non-released versions being installed in productive systems.
    2. As a result any integrator-specific firmware e.g. for Field Acceptance Test or project assistance from BOSCH R&D need to have a special license installed prior to the firmware update (loading a project-specific firmware) to allow a "Development Build" of a firmware. The BOSCH Integration Partner Program Program (IPP) Team and the BOSCH support teams are happy to assist our customers / integration partners where needed.
      For all projects where such a "Allow Development Build" license is required, a technical support case must be created with BOSCH technical support and those cases will be tracked and documented.

    Introducing a "minimum required version"

    • For specific projects with implementation into 3rd party management software, a firmware downgrade to an older firmware version than 6.51 can be required.
    • All customers and partners in the need to downgrade are requested to contact their local BOSCH Support. Partners with special Support regulation should contact their known IPP support contact in the region in order to get in touch with the Global IPP support. 
    • Right now a simple downgrade to a less secure firmware, which might also lack other improvements, is no longer possible in each case. The dependencies and the minimum required version is documented and listed in the Release Letter of any firmware version 6.51 or newer.
    • NOTE: All Firmware requests to downgrade to less secure firmware (status 2018-10-16 e.g. 6.44.x) do require a signed approval (waiver form must be handed out by BOSCH support and signed by Integrator, Installer or BOSCH Partner). In case leagacy firmware (old versions) are needed (status 2018-10-16 below 6.50 but newer or equal 6.44) require Support registration at BOSCH Support / ASA only.

    Firmware file encryption

    Update to 6.51 Firmware:
    In order to upload version 6.51 to a device running a firmware version below 6.50, you need to upgrade first to version 6.50, since older firmware versions do not support firmware file decryption.

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    ‎10-16-2018 06:35 PM
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