This article contains details on validating the origin and integrity of the latest version of Nova

Nova 11.8 Checksum

The SHA256 checksum of the Nova 11.8.zip archive, available at https://download.panic.com/nova/Nova 11.8.zip is:

80d52b8b0af0599712f700f83bb869331a57efe7754132e77b6294915b19d814

Validating the Checksum

  1. Download Nova 11.8.zip
  2. Run the following command in Terminal to compute the checksum of your copy:
$ shasum -a 256 ~/Downloads/Nova\ 11.8.zip

If the hash portion of the command output matches the checksum above:

80d52b8b0af0599712f700f83bb869331a57efe7754132e77b6294915b19d814  /Users/panic/Downloads/Nova 11.8.zip

you can be sure that your copy of the download is identical to the version on our website.

Unfortunately, validating the checksum alone does not guarantee that the contents of Nova 11.8.zip haven’t changed since we posted it*. However, with one extra step you can also determine with certainty that the checksum above, and therefore the contents of the ZIP, originated from Panic.

*Why not? In the very unlikely circumstance that a malicious actor replaced the ZIP archive on our website and modified the contents of this article using a new SHA256 hash, the checksum could still validate.

Nova 11.8 Checksum Signature

Using our public profile on Keybase, we have PGP-signed the SHA256 checksum from above:

-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
Hash: SHA512

80d52b8b0af0599712f700f83bb869331a57efe7754132e77b6294915b19d814
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----

iQEzBAEBCgAdFiEE6i1R0iW3pPNCW77Iq26O7ibMLj0FAmWAli4ACgkQq26O7ibM
Lj0amAgAiRDUCOlvOJ2R0UdbCNqoMydqb2w2wsc82Gf4N+gp8S7KGw4cqqD1sM8y
OFO3LuB+/D/+BF92VoHWyDVLhW2JuGgVTq7y8u+dUY25Ya4XU6PnyLo68XlFHPG5
686w560upedD8i/LwZxB5Zk3xsaJkbO4W8QbDmFUwclfihYSV3Srh4e2KcguiClq
NDRYVN4Bnn53wbkreHg3OXTgVT+nKkizy42tvk9QNJBkpy2aoRg9Viq4khoHLyKp
2UP6fZfmhJjq6PvTz5A7nch0JASU9Z11MGjveLn/ktnt9nynWb2zrpKQh0fokOQU
9rMaBBE2WT4LExwX7kdGWK8gsNLACA==
=FLOK
-----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

Validating the Signature

  1. Copy the entire PGP message above, including -----BEGIN PGP MESSAGE----- and -----END PGP MESSAGE-----
  2. Paste the contents into the Message to verify box on Keybase
  3. Click Verify

Most importantly, Keybase should indicate that the message was signed by Panic:

'Signed by panic' on Keybase

Additionally, the resulting Signed Text should match our original checksum:

80d52b8b0af0599712f700f83bb869331a57efe7754132e77b6294915b19d814

If both items match, you can be sure that the checksum in this article originated from Panic.

Putting it all together

By using two factors of validation:

  • A checksum which ensures that your copy of Nova 11.8.zip is identical to the copy on our website
  • A PGP signature which ensures that the checksum originated from Panic

you can be sure that you are installing the release that we originally posted.

Support

We are more than happy to answer questions or help provide any guidance you might need to validate the checksum and signature for this release. Please email us, nova@panic.com.

This article was last updated on September 14, 2020