Credential Store Framework (CSF) is used in OWSM to manage the secure credentials.
CSF provides a way to store, retrieve, and delete credentials for a Web service and other applications. For example, the oracle/wss_username_token_client_policy policy includes the csf-key property, with a default value of basic.credentials. This credential is stored in the CSF.
A password credential can store a username and password. A generic credential can store any credential object.
Each credential is stored in the store using the alias and the key pair. The alias, called the map name, is a logical name that defines a group of various keys and one credential associated with that key. That is, the map name and the key name are combined to make a primary key in the store.
Typically the map name is the name of the application or component to make it easy to identify. By convention, Web services should use oracle.wsm.security.