Masking policy: Comply with the length, scale, and precision of a column (Pending)

Attention

This behavior change is in the 2024_04 bundle.

For the current status of the bundle, refer to Bundle History.

The runtime behavior of a masking policy and the masked output in terms of the length, scale, and precision of a column is as follows:

Before the change:

The masked value as specified in the body of the masking policy does not respect the length, precision, and scale of a column.

For example, consider a column that is defined as VARCHAR(6). The masking policy on the column specifies a masked value of ***MASKED***. The masked value has a length of 12. The query output for the protected column returns ***MASKED*** even though the masked value has a greater length than what the column allows.

After the change:

If you create a new masking policy after enabling the 2024_04 behavior change bundle, set the masking policy on a column, and query the protected column, the following occurs:

  • The query fails when the masked value is greater than the length or precision of the column.

  • The masked value is truncated to the scale of the column when the scale of the masked value is greater than the scale of the column.

Ref: 1355