Here is the baby, my new camera in the growing family.

Some key features:

  • 0 Lux minimum illumination
  • Up to 150m IR distance
  • High performance CMOS, up to 1920×1080 resolution
  • Smart pre-heating system, start at -40℃ low temperature
  • Support smart tracking
  • Auto iris, auto focus, auto white balance, backlight compensation and auto day & night switch
  • Illumination: 0.02Lux@(F1.6,AGC ON)(Color), 0.002Lux@(F1.6,AGC ON)(B/W)
  • 264/MJPEG/MPEG4 video compression and the latest Davinci processing chip and platform

No password to access it, what can I do? My first thought was to send an email to Hikvision asking them for a password reset key to use in combination with the SADP software. The response of the manufacturer was quick, automatic:

Yeah… Will I fill the form? Nope. I can fully understand that it is company policy to make it this way, we are after all dealing with security products.

Google, my (what used to be) friend… : “Hikvision password reset tool” sent me to the following link:

Fantastic! A guy on Github by the name bp2008 developed a little tool which exploits a backdoor in Hikvision camera firmwares circa 2014-2016 to help the owner change a forgotten password. This is what I need 🙂

So, the Hikvision SADP software was so kind to reveal the IP settings of my camera. I used one of my computers configured with the same network parameters and ran the small exploit found here.

Thank you bp2008! It works!

Hikvision defaults are admin / 12345. After reset, 12345abc is commonly used as password.