At times, it is needed that you encrypt the text of stored procedures containing sensitive information. SQL Server provides the WITH ENCRYPTION to encrypt the text of the stored procedure.
CREATE procedure [dbo].[Ten Most Expensive Products Encyrpt]
WITH ENCRYPTION AS
SET ROWCOUNT 10
SELECT Products.ProductName AS TenMostExpensiveProducts, Products.UnitPrice
ORDER BY Products.UnitPrice DESC
Once the stored procedure has been created WITH ENCRYPTION, attempts to view the stored procedure returns a message specifying that the text is encrypted:
EXEC sp_helptext usp_SEL_EmployeePayHistory
'The text for object 'Ten Most Expensive Products Encyrpt' is encrypted.'
One note of caution. Save the original text of the stored procedure before encrypting it, as there is no straightforward way to decode the encrypted text. One hack is to attach a debugger to the server process and retrieve the decrypted procedure from memory at runtime.
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