My colleagues were playing with Sitecore built-in Grayscale feature on Sitecore CMS 7.2 by simply adding a media query parameter gray=1 to a media URL. However, I cannot play with it like that on Sitecore XP 8.2 Update 3 by default.
Using Sitecore Admin tool Show Config (/sitecore/admin/showconfig.aspx), I’m able to see GrayscaleProcessor is still available, it means there is something wrong with the media URL
Searching “gray” on Sitecore Admin tool Show Config (/sitecore/admin/showconfig.aspx), I see this one:
I suppose that I should disable MediaRequestProtection feature by editing \App_Config\Include\Sitecore.Media.RequestProtection.config
… then it works properly
In my opinion, the default one MediaProvider.GetMediaUrl(MediaItem item, MediaUrlOptions options) will not work as expected if I want to add media query parameter gray to media URL because MediaUrlOptions has no Greyscale item. It causes MediaRequestProtection calculates the hash without gray parameter as always.
MediaRequestProtection restricts media URLs that contain dynamic image-scaling parameters so that only server-generated requests are processed (in Release Note). It means I cannot play with Grayscale by manually adding a media query parameter gray=1 to a media URL on Sitecore XP (version >= 7.5).
Solution 1: disabling MediaRequestProtection feature. However, I don’t want to do it as I would lose a major vulnerability fix as mentioned here.
Solution 2: using the HashingUtils.ProtectAssetUrl(string url) method as this one
Solution 3: creating a custom Media Provider which alternates the default one. The main purpose is to add media query parameter gray=1 to image URLs only if they’re grayscaleable before MediaRequestProtection calculates the hash, otherwise let the default Media Provider handle them.
You may want to play with my own one.
- How to get it: download it as a Sitecore package then install it to your Sitecore instance via Installation Wizard
- How to play with it:
- open \App_Config\Include\z.Vhs.MediaProviderForGrayscale.config
- update Vhs.MediaProviderForGrayscale.Enabled to true and configure supported media types via Vhs.MediaProviderForGrayscale.SupportedExtensions
- open a browser and navigate to a webpage which has image(s) on, hope that you would see something like this
Not Good Enough? Please feel free to download the source code and add your own enhancements if necessary.
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