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Cannot start Bamboo due to pad block corrupted error Edited

We cloned the database schema to a test instance.

Bamboo doesn't start afterwards because of the following error message:

FATAL [localhost-startStop-1] [BambooContainer] Cannot start bamboo java.lang.RuntimeException: org.bouncycastle.crypto.InvalidCipherTextException: pad block corrupted

Editing the bamboo-mail.cfg.xml as described at doesn't help.

Any idea how can we start Bamboo?

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Hi Andreas,

Thanks for reaching out to the Atlassian Community!

The "Pad block corrupted" error occurs when we're unable to correctly use the Bamboo Cipher. 

The Cipher is split between the database and filesystem, and the filesystem part is stored in


When you cloned the Bamboo database, did you also copy the Bamboo Home directory? If you did not, please:

  1. Stop Bamboo
  2. Copy the cipher.key_0 file from the original Bamboo instance to the clone into the correct directory – you may need to create the `<bamboo-home>/xml-data/configuration/cipher/cipher.key_x`
  3. Start Bamboo

Please let us know if this works, or if you have any other questions!


Elias | Bamboo Support

Hi Elias,

Thanks a lot for your quick reply!

That fixed the issue, Bamboo was able to start up after I copied the cipher.key_x from the cloned system.



Elias Zeidan Atlassian Team Mar 20, 2018

Hi Andreas, 

I'm glad we were able to help you get back up and running!

Could you please "Accept" this answer by clicking on the checkmark symbol near my first comment in case other users might find this helpful?

Thanks again for reaching out. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

Elias | Bamboo Support

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