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Oracle SOA Suite 11g R1 Developer's Guide by Antony Reynolds, Matt Wright

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Defining policies

Policies are defined using the Fusion Middleware Control Console. A policy (described in the standard WS-Policy) can be thought of as a pipeline of steps (assertions, some of which may be described using standard WS-Security) to be performed on a request response. There may be multiple policies in the pipeline, each with its own steps. The message passes through the steps of the pipeline on its way to the service, and in a synchronous interaction, the policies are applied in reverse order to the response message. Multiple policies may be concatenated together and applied in sequence to a given service. Some policies will only affect the pipeline in one direction. For example, authentication and authorization will only be part ...

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