Chapter 4. Application development essentials
Although the AIR security model is an evolution of the Flash Player security model, the security contract is different from the security contract applied to content in a browser. This contract offers developers a secure means of broader functionality for rich experiences with freedoms that would be inappropriate for a browser-based application.
AIR applications run with the same user privileges as native applications. In general, these privileges allow for broad access to operating system capabilities such as reading and writing files, starting applications, drawing to the screen, and communicating with the network. ...