Security on iOS devices
On iOS AIR conforms to the native security model. At the
same time, AIR maintains its own security rules, which are intended
to make it easy for developers to write secure, Internet-connected
Since AIR applications on iOS use the iOS package format, installation
falls under the iOS security model. The AIR application installer
is not used. Furthermore, a separate AIR runtime is not used on
iOS devices. Every AIR application contains all the code needed
packages created for the iOS platform must be signed. Since AIR applications
on iOS are packaged in the native iOS IPA format, they are signed
in accordance with iOS requirements rather than AIR requirements.
While iOS and AIR use code signing in a similar fashion, there are
On iOS, the certificate used
to sign an application must be issued by Apple; Certificates from
other certificate authorities cannot be used.
On iOS, Apple-issued distribution certificates are typically
valid for one year.
Background image privacy
When a user switches
an application to the background on iOS, the operating system captures
a screenshot that it uses to animate the transition. This screenshot
is stored in device memory and can be accessed by an attacker in physical
control of the device.
If your application displays sensitive
information, you should guard against such information being captured
by the background screenshot. The
dispatched by the NativeApplication object signals that an application
is about to switch to the background. Use this event to clear or
hide any sensitive information.