5.2.4.4 Logging Format for Changes to mysql Database Tables

The contents of the grant tables in the mysql database can be modified directly (for example, with INSERT or DELETE) or indirectly (for example, with GRANT or CREATE USER). As of MySQL 5.1.17, statements that affect mysql database tables are written to the binary log using the following rules:

CREATE TABLE ... SELECT is a combination of data definition and data manipulation. The CREATE TABLE part is logged using statement format and the SELECT part is logged according to the value of binlog_format.