Kronos, Java, and Web Browser Security

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Nov 2, 2013 (3 years and 5 months ago)

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Kronos, Java, and Web Browser
Security

Chris Wilkins

What is Java?


3
rd

party software installed on PCs (also a
programming language)


It is the underlying technology that powers
modern programs including utilities, games,
and business applications


Java runs on more than 850 million personal
computers and on billions of devices
worldwide

Java Issues


Java is used by Kronos, Nolij, and other UGA
systems


Kronos, and other systems, require a specific
version of Java (Java 6 vs. Java 7)


Oracle releases frequent updates to Java due
to security issues


Kronos and other systems do not release
updates as frequently


Java Issues


UGA’s current Kronos system only supports
Java 6


Oracle will stop supporting Java 6 this month


UGA is currently upgrading to the latest
version of Kronos


The new version of Kronos supports Java 7


After the Kronos Upgrade


After the Kronos upgrade later this month, all
of these Java issues will go away, right?


Unfortunately, no.


One of the bigger Java issues will go away (Java 6
vs. Java 7)


However, Java continues to make international
headlines with newly discovered security issues


This will continue, requiring frequent Java updates
to your PC

Recommendations


If possible, do not use the Kronos Java interface


Kronos offers a non
-
Java user interface


This interface works well for employees and
supervisors


Add punches, leave, & comments


Approve/Signoff time cards


For advanced Kronos access, unit payroll employees
must use the Java user interface (create new records,
account change, hourly rate change, etc.)

Questions?


Chris Wilkins


cwilkins@uga.edu


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