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If your code is using the AWS SDK then you don't need to export an access key for your running code. Just create an EC2 Service Role in IAM with the policy you want attached to the role; then launch the instance with that role, to get automatic temporary credentials.

Refs: http://docs.aws.amazon.com/IAM/latest/UserGuide/id_roles_use... http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/iam-roles...

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