What is askpass.exe?

I am constantly annoyed by an application that asks for my password. The executing file is askpass.exe. It has a logo that looks like a cheap China version of the source tree logo. Is this an official software from atlassian or is it malware ?

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The first result of Googling for this says that it is a SourceTree component.

Check and correct your stored credentials in Tools\Options\Authentication to make it stop asking for your password all the time.

This is correct, askpass.exe is part of the SourceTree distribution. It is provides a GUI to allow SSH via Git to ask for a username's password to access their SSH key, via the SSH_ASKPASS variable.

OK, thanks for a quick reply. Of course I tried google first. The file is signed and this is a good sign.  However there is loads of sites that writes about suspicious files. All of them advertise different tools they want me to install. If I would have spent more time on http://systemexplorer.net/ maybe I would have trusted this answer right away. But I choosed to ask in a more trusted forum (here).

Giving someone else access to my employers source code through malware would have been pretty embarrassing.

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