A quick overview of the new System and Security Info app

By , May 12, 2016

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Security has always been a top priority for Apple and its ecosystem, especially as of late. Tim Cook has made it clear that maintaining encryption and tight security protocols are here to stay. Users that are equally as concerned about protecting their personal information have had few options in actually monitoring their security however. A new app called System and Security Info from security firm SektionEins aims to help with that.

If someone wanted to glean information about you, and had access to your phone, they could hypothetically jailbreak your phone and install malicious apps to help spy on you. For the vast majority people this sounds like fear mongering and an unlikely scenario, but it isn’t unheard of. If you didn’t know what to look for it would be hard to ever notice a jailbreak or other anomaly on your device.

System and Security Info gives you basic system information including CPU usage, memory allocation, and storage utilization. Though an app that displays these system metrics has been commonplace the last few years. What this app does beyond that, is also give you a list of all the processes running on your device, not unlike Activity Monitor on the Mac.

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The other notable feature is the ability to detect a jailbreak, or any anomalies on your device. It will even attempt to identify which jailbreak method may have been utilized. It will check for common jailbreak signs like the installation of Cydia or existence of Pangu.

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Anomalies will identify anything else that doesn’t look right. For instance a CodeSigning issue. On my device, it did detect two anomalies which were flagged as injected libraries. These however are just a bug in the current version that appears when you are running iOS 9.3.1 or newer, and have Guided Access enabled. The developer has said this will be fixed in a pending update.

I expect a lot of people may think they would easily know if their phone was jailbroken but it doesn’t take much for a jailbreak to be installed, Cydia hidden, and malicious apps installed that masquerade as innocuous apps you use day to day.

If you want to try it out for yourself System and Security Info is available for $0.99 in the App Store. What do you guys think of this app? Is more granular monitoring of your security something you have been itching for?

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  • Burge

    I went to Reset under general and I got rid of the anomaly that it found on my device and also a restore as new also got rid of it But restore from a backup that I made put it back on the device. You can get rid of it and the best way is just to use the reset on the device. That’s on iOS 9.3.1.

    • Sandeep Roy

      What did you do under Reset exactly ? Reset All Settings ?

    • Niclas

      It is just a bug, if you have guided access on, injected libraries will be red.
      It will be fixed in the next release, no need for reset.

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    I bought the app as soon as it was released as it’s something I’m certain that Apple will yank off the App Store in just a matter of time. I do like the granular information regarding my phone. I too would like to see if there are any anomalies detected. Also good to see a jailbreak-related video from you, Andrew!

    • NolesFan

      Agreed! I did the same, bought it as soon as I saw them advertise it. Excellent tool.

  • osmang

    Im using my phone JB. And this apps shows me a lot of anomalies, so should I take an action about those or what? I have many red’s over there actually. 🙂

    • Sigit

      If you want to take off all the anomalies you have to update iOS.

      • b4r0

        do you mean a few alerts are due to security issues of older iOS? (I’m on 9.0.2 and my red list is quite big too…)

      • Sigit

        What did you expect? JB is about broke security of the OS, and do things that you can’t do in normal conditions.

      • osmang

        I know but what I meant is shall I do something? Deleting the files etc..

      • osmang

        Im on 9.0.2 too. Guess we are on the same side lol..

      • b4r0

        I was hoping to find some hints too 😀
        My iphone is pretty f***ed up, I need to start applications several times before they starts.
        I guess it is a low memory issue but I have no clue on how to fix it…

    • Niclas

      No need to take action, That is the purpose oof the JB.

  • Me

    UPDATE: Pulled. lol

  • Dexter SherloConan

    fun fact: the app won’t be shown in the stock Settings app