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Two security flaws, dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, have been made public this week. There are many articles in the news discussing the security exposures, so it is important that we share some information about how Lifesize is handling the exposures.

 

First and foremost, we have addressed the exposures in the Lifesize Cloud. The necessary patches have been applied.

 

Second, our video conferencing systems, including the Icon and 220 series, are not susceptible to the exposures.  The exposures require malicious code running on a CPU to gain access to secure data.  These systems are secure appliances where there is no ability to install and run third party code.

 

Third, we are patching all of our internal IT infrastructure and systems to ensure their security.   We recommend that all customers take similar action in their own IT environment.

Once again thanks to those of you who have been contributing bug and feature requests to the new apps beta program. Many of you reported that you would like a way to change your camera while in a call. Ask no more, feel free to start swapping cameras and audio devices even in a call.

 

Just open the extra settings and click on Camera and audio sources button.

 

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One of the top asked questions with the new desktop app is "how do I enable the app to auto start"? We have moved desktop app specific features to the system tray in Windows and the menu bar of OS X. Clicking the Lifesize icon will let you chose to "Start Lifesize at Login", just give it a check and you are all done.  Enjoy!

 

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As a reminder to previously announced changes, to ensure sufficient capacity to handle the increasing call traffic on the service, we have expanded the UDP port range used. We currently use ports 10000 to 28000.

 

If your company has implemented firewall policies that are specific to the port numbers used in Lifesize Cloud, you must update your policy to include the new expanded range (10000 to 28000). Please refer to the Opening ports page under Configure Lifesize Cloud in Lifesize Cloud Help for additional information.

 

If you have no firewall policies specific to the port numbers used in Lifesize Cloud, then there is no action necessary on your part.