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Stored procedure with encryption in SQL server

Posted on 2013-01-23
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Last Modified: 2013-01-24

If I create a stored procedure with encryption then I can not see the proc's definition either by using sp_helptext or by right clicking on the proc and generate the script.

Is there any way to generate the script for encrypted stored procedure?

If the answer is no, then while we give build for testing then we need to save the proc's definition in the hard disk and if that file is deleted from the hard disk there is no way to get the definition of proc (even if the deleted file is not recovered from any software).

So the encrypted procedure needs careful handling in terms of storage. Is my understanding correct?

Please advice.

Karan Gupta
Question by:KaranGupta

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RehanYousaf earned 1000 total points
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I believe so and for confirmation you can check the following link
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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>Is there any way to generate the script for encrypted stored procedure?
short answer: no. at least not from sql server directly

>and if that file is deleted from the hard disk there is no way to get the definition of proc
you may use sourcesafe + backup etc ...

now, the "long" answer.
you may be able to decrypt the stored procedures nevertheless:

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