You may experience a 45-second delay when you run a full-text query in an instance of SQL Server 2005 that is running on a server without Internet access

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SYMPTOMS

Consider the following scenario. You run a full-text query in an instance of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 that is running on a server. The server does not have Internet access. In this scenario, you may experience a 45-second delay.

CAUSE

This issue occurs because the Microsoft Full-Text Engine for SQL Server (MSFTESQL) tries to load the word breaker that is related to the query. This word breaker requires an Internet connection.

When you run a full-text query, a word breaker that is used by the query is loaded if the word breaker is not loaded yet. Loading a word breaker encapsulates signature verification. Signature verification also involves a certificate revocation check. This certificate revocation check requires Internet connectivity. A 45-second time-out exists for the certificate revocation check. If no Internet connectivity is detected, the revocation check fail after 45 seconds. However, the rest of signature verification still occurs. Then the word breaker is loaded.

MSFTESQL unloads a word breaker that has not been used for 5 minutes to reduce resource consumption. Therefore, the next time that the work breaker is loaded, signature verification is required again.

RESOLUTION

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To resolve this issue, restore Internet connectivity before you run a full-text query. If you are behind a firewall, install a firewall client, and then open the 80 port that is required by signature verification.

WORKAROUND

Warning This workaround may make your computer or your network more vulnerable to attack by malicious users or by malicious software such as viruses. We do not recommend this workaround but are providing this information so that you can implement this workaround at your own discretion. Use this workaround at your own risk.

To work around this issue, turn off signature verification by using the following Transact-SQL statement:
sp_fulltext_service 'verify_signature', 0;
GO
Warning If you ignore signature verification, the instance of SQL Server 2005 is less secure. We recommend that you sign any word breaks that you install or make sure that any word breakers that you acquire are signed.

MORE INFORMATION

Signature verification starts whenever a work breaker loads to eliminate the risk that third parties install word breakers that are not safe.

STATUS

This behavior is by design.

REFERENCES

For more information about the sp_fulltext_service stored procedure, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms175058(SQL.90).aspx

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Article ID: 915850 - Last Review: November 20, 2007 - Revision: 1.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise X64 Edition
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