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Storing AWS Credentials on an EBS Snapshot Securely

Thanks to reader Ewout and his comment on my article How to Keep Your AWS Credentials on an EC2 Instance Securely for suggesting an additional method of transferring credentials: via a snapshot. It's similar to burning credentials into an AMI, but easier to do and less prone to accidental inclusion in the application's AMI. Read [...]

If you've been using EC2 for anything serious then you have some code on your instances that requires your AWS credentials. I'm talking about code that does things like this: Attach an EBS volume Download your application from a non-public location in S3 Send and receive SQS messages Query or update SimpleDB All these actions [...]