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       VM::EC2::Security::Credentials -- Temporary security credentials for EC2


        use VM::EC2;
        use VM::EC2::Security::Policy

        # under your account
        $ec2 = VM::EC2->new(...);  # as usual
        my $policy = VM::EC2::Security::Policy->new;
        my $token = $ec2->get_federation_token(-name     => 'TemporaryUser',
                                               -duration => 60*60*3, # 3 hrs, as seconds
                                               -policy   => $policy);
        print $token->sessionToken,"\n";
        print $token->accessKeyId,"\n";
        print $token->secretAccessKey,"\n";
        print $token->federatedUser,"\n";

        my $serialized = $token->serialize;

        # get the serialized token to the temporary user

        # under the temporary user's account
        my $serialized = get_data_somehow();

        # create a copy of the token from its serialized form
        my $token = VM::EC2::Security::Credentials->new_from_serialized($serialized);

        # create a copy of the token from its JSON representation (e.g. as returned
        # from instance metadata of an instance that is assigned an IAM role
        my $token = VM::EC2::Security::Credentials->new_from_json($json);

        # open a new EC2 connection with this token. User will be
        # able to run all the methods specified in the policy.
        my $ec2   = VM::EC2->new(-security_token => $token);
        print $ec2->describe_images(-owner=>'self');

        # convenience routine; will return a VM::EC2 object authorized
        # to use the current token
        my $ec2   = $token->new_ec2;
        print $ec2->describe_images(-owner=>'self');


       The VM::EC2::Security::Credentials object is returned by the
       VM::EC2::Security::Token->credentials() method, which in turn is generated by calls to
       VM::EC2->get_federation_token() and VM::EC2->get_session_token(). The Credentials object
       contains time-limited EC2 authentication information, including access key ID, secret
       access key, and a temporary authentication session token.

       A Credentials object can be passed to VM::EC2->new() via the -security_token parameter, in
       which case the -access_key and -secret_key parameters can be omitted.

       As Credentials typically need to be transmitted from a process being run by an AWS account
       holder to a process being run by another user, the object provides serialization methods
       that allow the object to be transmitted as a simple string.


        accessKeyId()          -- The temporary access key ID
        secretAccessKey()      -- The secret access key
        sessionToken()         -- The temporary security token, as a long
                                     opaque string
        expiration()           -- The expiration time of these credentials, as a
                                     DateTime string.

       As in all VM::EC2 classes, mixedCase() and broken_out_with_underscores() names may be used


       These two methods allow you to serialize the credentials into a string suitable for
       sending via SSL, S/MIME or another secure channel, and then reconstructing the object at
       the other end. For sending the credentials to a non-perl process, you can simply retrieve
       each individual field (access key, etc) and send them individually.

   $serialized = $credentials->serialize()
       Return a serialized form of the object as a base64-encoded string. Note that the
       serialized form contains the secret access key and session token in unencrypted, but very
       slightly obfuscated, form.

   $credentials = VM::EC2::Security::Credentials->new_from_serialized($serialized)
       Given a previously-serialized Credentials object, unserialize it and return a copy.


       These are convenience methods.

   $ec2 = $credentials->new_ec2(@args)
       Create a new VM::EC2 object which is authorized using the security token contained in the
       credentials object. You may pass all the arguments, such as -endpoint, that are accepted
       by VM::EC2->new(), but -access_key and -secret_access_key will be ignored.


       When used in a string context, this object will interpolate the


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       Lincoln Stein <>.

       Copyright (c) 2011 Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

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