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I'm trying to setup AutoMySQLBackup on Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS in security conscious manner.

I've setup a mysql user with minimum privileges for backups.

But when installing AutoMySQLBackup from apt-get I've noticed that by default there is:

USERNAME=grep user /etc/mysql/debian.cnf | tail -n 1 | cut -d"=" -f2 | awk '{print $1}'

Which is grabbing the default user: "debian-sys-maint"

If I chose to user my new user, then it would mean storing the username and password unencrypted in the AutoMySQLBackup file which also seems accessible without doing sudo.

And the debian.cnf says:

Automatically generated for Debian scripts. DO NOT TOUCH!

What is the best option to securely configuring AutoMySQLBackup?

I wasn't sure if to ask this on stackexchange sister sites (IT Security, DBA), but I think I'm after specific security advice on ubuntu.

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