Microsoft has reported an issue that prevents apps that use Microsoft Open Database Connectivity and the associated SQL server from connecting to database management systems. The American company is currently working on a solution.
According to Microsoft The problems started after installing the KB5019980 security update for Windows released in November and the problems have been identified in several versions of Windows. The American company mentions versions of Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. The problem would also appear in Windows Server 2022, 2019, 2016, 2012 and 2008.
The bug in security update KB5019980 causes applications that use Microsoft Open Database Connectivity, or ODBC for short, connections in combination with the Microsoft ODBC SQL Server driver to fail to connect to databases. Microsoft Open Database connectivity is a translation layer that allows applications to connect to different types of database management systems.
In case of problems, Windows users will see an error message in the application, but will also be able to independently verify if their programs are affected by the bug. You can do this by opening the program and then also opening the command prompt. Then enter the following command: tasklist /m sqlsrv32.dll.
The American firm says a fix is in the works. It will be implemented in a future update. When the update will be available, however, isn’t clear.