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Last updated: May 13, 2024

Testing Auto-Generated Screenshots for Sensitive Information


Static Analysis

If you have the source code, search for the applicationDidEnterBackground method to determine whether the application sanitizes the screen before being backgrounded.

The following is a sample implementation using a default background image (overlayImage.png) whenever the application is backgrounded, overriding the current view:


private var backgroundImage: UIImageView?

func applicationDidEnterBackground(_ application: UIApplication) {
    let myBanner = UIImageView(image: #imageLiteral(resourceName: "overlayImage"))
    myBanner.frame = UIScreen.main.bounds
    backgroundImage = myBanner

func applicationWillEnterForeground(_ application: UIApplication) {


@property (UIImageView *)backgroundImage;

- (void)applicationDidEnterBackground:(UIApplication *)application {
    UIImageView *myBanner = [[UIImageView alloc] initWithImage:@"overlayImage.png"];
    self.backgroundImage = myBanner;
    self.backgroundImage.bounds = UIScreen.mainScreen.bounds;
    [self.window addSubview:myBanner];

- (void)applicationWillEnterForeground:(UIApplication *)application {
    [self.backgroundImage removeFromSuperview];

This sets the background image to overlayImage.png whenever the application is backgrounded. It prevents sensitive data leaks because overlayImage.png will always override the current view.

Dynamic Analysis

You can use a visual approach to quickly validate this test case using any iOS device (jailbroken or not):

  1. Navigate to an application screen that displays sensitive information, such as a username, an email address, or account details.
  2. Background the application by hitting the Home button on your iOS device.
  3. Verify that a default image is shown as the top view element instead of the view containing the sensitive information.

If required, you may also collect evidence by performing steps 1 to 3 on a jailbroken device or a non-jailbroken device after repackaging the app with the Frida Gadget. After that, connect to the iOS device per SSH or by other means and navigate to the Snapshots directory. The location may differ on each iOS version but it's usually inside the app's Library directory. For instance, on iOS 14.5 the Snapshots directory is located at:


The screenshots inside that folder should not contain any sensitive information.