I was doing research on this attack and I am wondering, why is Diffie-Hellman always
associated with such an attack? ​ Aren't other public key cryptography schemes vulnerable
to the same kind of attack? ​ To be more specific, is RSA vulnerable to such an attack?
If so, which versions and how can they be carried out?

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    $\begingroup$ Sure, any scheme that doesn't authenticate at least one party is vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack. This works with DH style key exchange and with key transport mechanisms where the attacker just supplies his own public key instead of the real one. $\endgroup$ – SEJPM Dec 9 '15 at 20:49
  • $\begingroup$ Well i would believe it is often associated with Diffie-Hellman, since DH uses purely the direct communication channel between the users to generate a private key while RSA uses (publicly available) precomputed keys. But as SEJPM said, except for quatum-cryptography, any scheme is vulnerable... $\endgroup$ – Fleeep Dec 10 '15 at 4:53

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