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.Net 4.6.2. Framework client driver for Always Encrypted resulting in intermittent failures to decrypt individual rows

The SQL Product team has identified an issue with .Net 4.6.2 framework client driver for Always Encrypted enabled database on SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQL Database. The issue can lead to intermittent failure while trying to decrypt the records from the Always Encrypted enabled database with following error message

Decryption failed. The last 10 bytes of the encrypted column encryption key are: '7E-0B-E6-D3-39-CE-35-86-2F-AA'.The first 10 bytes of ciphertext are: '01-C3-D7-39-33-2F-E6-44-C3-B1'.Specified ciphertext has an invalid authentication tag. 

The above failure to decrypt may potentially lead to incorrect query results which in turn may trigger incorrect behavior in the app, for example, attempts to insert missing values or to perform any other updates that will either produce further errors or produce inconsistent data in the database.

To fix this issue, install the security update from Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-155.

For more details on the issue and workaround for the issue. Please refer to our KB article below

Customers who encounter the above error during the validation scan and are unable to resolve the issue, should contact  The team will be able to help access and recover all previously encrypted rows that were affected by this bug. There will be no permanent data loss caused as a result of this defect.

To determine which versions of the .NET Framework are installed on a system, see How to: Determine Which .NET Framework Versions Are Installed.

Parikshit Savjani
Senior Program Manager (@talktosavjani)