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

Nova 8.4 Checksum

The SHA256 checksum of the Nova 8.4.zip archive, available at https://download.panic.com/nova/Nova 8.4.zip is:

bb8cbf8bc2a87f019c0f730248610dcbc3cdbeb5505d919bb590a4761789e54b

Validating the Checksum

  1. Download Nova 8.4.zip
  2. Run the following command in Terminal to compute the checksum of your copy:
$ shasum -a 256 ~/Downloads/Nova\ 8.4.zip

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

bb8cbf8bc2a87f019c0f730248610dcbc3cdbeb5505d919bb590a4761789e54b  /Users/panic/Downloads/Nova 8.4.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 8.4.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 8.4 Checksum Signature

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

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

bb8cbf8bc2a87f019c0f730248610dcbc3cdbeb5505d919bb590a4761789e54b
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----

iQEzBAEBCgAdFiEE6i1R0iW3pPNCW77Iq26O7ibMLj0FAmHgdngACgkQq26O7ibM
Lj1n8ggAjAYkGlakvFjfVGtQ19FFBOk3OOXO3jBfx8v5FSvv//JkFmQuhLyzCQXx
reUWN+ydWrhSOxR4ktTYL4+bm6UDCWbD6zqWuTUayeHd3iI8zOhfTW209l0RqIov
Tdmel+OpswSEkZnAqnkxYWItGpSwz/mEx4tesJDyBd++xWCAw67GVoJkR+5ulFN4
SCq+0XumQk5gFQTXjVKoUkthYjDyi5ndet7f3p/tLCZPPEaiif5J7N4sb9Aq+4mA
ArUw7OrYvf7zNFDthzBb/AbGxQRfLUZy9/z0b5pAmT6C8cdvc30twhZXPe2FuFPD
m4cgPOodvazsBmPxj+uQElmzjupWaw==
=ppB1
-----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:

bb8cbf8bc2a87f019c0f730248610dcbc3cdbeb5505d919bb590a4761789e54b

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 8.4.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