create and md5 sum of your password

read -s p && echo -n $p | md5sum;p=
create and md5 sum of your password without it showing up in your terminal or history. Afterwards we overwrite the $p variable (thx to bazzargh)
Sample Output
$ read -s p && echo -n $p | md5sum

5f4dcc3b5aa765d61d8327deb882cf99  -

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By: hoodie
2012-06-08 13:50:50

What Others Think

Using a plain MD5 sum without salt to store passwords is not safe for any application which needs a password.
hfs · 618 weeks and 5 days ago
I used this after a user db has been attacked to check whether or not my password was among others in a dump of md5 sums.
hoodie · 618 weeks and 5 days ago
While the password doesn't show up directly in your history, that command does, and p still holds your password. You should add ;p="" at the end of the command. If you wanted to hide the command from your history entirely, export HISTCONTROL=ignorespace and add a space to the start of the command
bazzargh · 618 weeks and 4 days ago
alternatively one can substitute md5sum with opennssl read -s p && echo -n $p |openssl md5;p=""
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