This is an interesting news item that tells us that
"The tools let corporations offer partners and customers access to their internal applications, while keeping them out of files and other information they don't want to share."
"The suite of tools, based on specifications written by the OASIS SAML (define) and the Liberty Alliance Project, has been designed to craft applications that run on Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2, launched earlier this year."
The tools are based on federated identity where policies define whether users can access data or not. The access to the data is granted via passwords or / and other credentials. These new tools are needed to weave security into the Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) Oracle and its rivals are pushing. The tools are part of the Oracle Fusion Middleware brand.