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TNGP-0002 - Verifying Downloaded Content Using SHA1 and MD5

March 22nd, 2016

INTRODUCTION

Verifying downloaded content by comparing MD5 or SHA1 hash values is a good exercise in caution when receiving files from the internet. Doing so informs whether or not you have downloaded a legitimate file from the developer. File tampering is unlikely to happen and we'd like to think it would never happen to us, but the reality is, no one who uses the internet is immune to being a victim to it. The best we can do is offer safeguards for prevention.

To ensure that you are receiving the correct file and that the file's integrity has been maintained, you can follow the steps below. It isn't necessary to check both the MD5 or SHA1 hash values, but feel free to give yourself a little extra peace of mind.

HOW TO VERIFY SHA1

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201259

  1. Open Terminal (located in /Applications/Utilities).
  2. Type the following at the Terminal prompt: openssl sha1 [full path to file]

Example:

Type the following in Terminal:

     openssl sha1 /Users/yourname/Downloads/CA_Mac_Download.dmg

Result:

     SHA1(/Users/yourname/Downloads/CA_Mac_Download.dmg)=      128b0bf8471c3ef2d1d2af83ca4b8f55c0085fd7

Tip: Instead of typing a path to a file, you can drag the file to the Terminal window, e.g. type "sha1 " and then simply drag and drop the DMG file to the Terminal window.

  1. Now compare the result above to what's posted on our website for the particular file you're downloading.
  2. If they are the same, you know the file you downloaded is the correct file, not one that's been tampered with.
Verifying SHA1 value

HOW TO VERIFY MD5

http://osxdaily.com/2009/10/13/check-md5-hash-on-your-mac/

  1. Open Terminal (located in /Applications/Utilities).
  2. Type the following at the Terminal prompt: md5 [full path to file]

Example:

Type the following in Terminal:

     md5 /Users/yourname/Downloads/CA_Mac_Download.dmg

Result:

     MD5 (/Users/yourname/Downloads/CA_Mac_Download.dmg) =      05c4f528f65914f8699c8064e62019fc

Tip: Instead of typing a path to a file, you can drag the file to the Terminal window, e.g. type "md5 " and then simply drag and drop the DMG file to the Terminal window.

  1. Now compare the result above to what's posted on our website for the particular file you're downloading.
  2. If they are the same, you know the file you downloaded is the correct file, not one that's been tampered with.
Verifying MD5 value

Confused by any of this? Are your SHA1 and/or MD5 values different than what's shown on our website? Just drop us a line at support@econtechnologies.com. We'll be happy to help!

REVISION HISTORY

March-22-2016 - Created.