Security Advisory: October 2017, #1



Users that are running version 7.0.5 of Textual or an earlier version are advised to update to version 7.0.6 immediately.

Your personal information is NOT at risk. The bug that was patched by version 7.0.6 caused users to be banned from servers for unintentional private message spam. That is the worst that can happen.

This is a preliminary advisory. More information will be available at a later date.

Standalone Version

If you are running the standalone version of Textual, then follow these steps to update:

  1. Navigate to the main menu in the top left corner of your screen
  2. Click the bold menu labeled “Textual” next to the Apple symbol ()
  3. In the menu that appears, click “Check for updates…”

Mac App Store Version

If you are running the Mac App Store version of Textual, then see the Updates section of the store.

Hidden Preference

If you are unable to update to version 7.0.6 of Textual, then you can permanently disable the Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging feature to work around the bug.

To disable this feature, follow these steps:

1. Open the application named Terminal using Spotlight.

2. Once opened, copy and paste one of the following commands, then press Return.

If you aren't sure which to copy and paste, it is safe to do both.

Standalone Version

defaults write com.codeux.apps.textual \
"Off-the-Record Messaging -> Enable Encryption" -bool NO

Mac App Store Version

defaults write \
"Off-the-Record Messaging -> Enable Encryption" -bool NO
Last modified: October 12, 2017
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