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An Oracle Wallet is a PKCS#12 container used to store authentication and encryption keys. The database secure external password store feature stores passwords in an Oracle Wallet for authentication to the Oracle database. Oracle Advanced Security uses the Oracle Wallet to store credentials for PKI authentication to the Oracle Database, network encryption, and transparent data encryption. Oracle Wallet Manager is an application that wallet owners can use to manage and edit Oracle Wallets. Oracle Wallets can be deployed on clients, middle tiers, and database servers free of charge. However, the following features that use an Oracle Wallet in turn require licensing of the Oracle Advanced Security Option: PKI credentials for authentication to Oracle Database, network encryption (SSL/TLS) to the Oracle database from middle tiers and database clients, and transparent data encryption master keys. Oracle Advanced Security option is not required when configuring wallets to secure communication between the Oracle database and Oracle Internet Directory as part of the enterprise user security feature of Oracle Database.