Indicates whether an object is signed by a specified certificate or asymmetric key.

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'OBJECT', @object_id, @class, @thumbprint


The type of securable class.


The object_id of the object being tested. @object_id is type int.


The class of the object:

  • 'certificate'

  • 'asymmetric key'

@class is sysname.


The SHA thumbprint of the object. @thumbprint is type varbinary(32).

IS_OBJECTSIGNED returns the following values.

Return value



The object is not signed.


The object is signed.


The object is not valid.

Requires VIEW DEFINITION on the certificate or asymmetric key.

A. Displaying extended properties on a database

The following example tests if the spt_fallback_db table in the master database is signed by the schema signing certificate.

USE master
-- Declare a variable to hold a thumbprint and an object name
DECLARE @thumbprint varbinary(20), @objectname sysname;

-- Populate the thumbprint variable with the thumbprint of 
-- the master database schema signing certificate
SELECT @thumbprint = thumbprint 
FROM sys.certificates 
WHERE name LIKE '%SchemaSigningCertificate%';

-- Populate the object name variable with a table name in master
SELECT @objectname = 'spt_fallback_db';

-- Query to see if the table is signed by the thumbprint
SELECT @objectname AS [object name],
'OBJECT', OBJECT_ID(@objectname), 'certificate', @thumbprint
) AS [Is the object signed?] ;