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how do I make a input from STDIN to be silent??

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From:
Ivan Teliatnikov
Date:
February 12, 2002 00:36
Subject:
how do I make a input from STDIN to be silent??
Message ID:
3C686CA5.7040404@es.usyd.edu.au
I want to read a passwd string from the terminal but without displaying 
it back to the screen.

If I do secret

secret = <SDTIN>, what I type will be shout to the screen, can I avoid it?

Thank you.


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