Pidgin / MSN certification fix

Pidgin / MSN – ‘Unable to validate certificate’

The problem:

Pidgin fails to connect to MSN with following error message: unable to validate certificate.

The solution:

  1. In Pidgin, go to Tools -> Certificates and delete  omega.contacts.msn.com
  2. Visit https://omega.contacts.msn.com and download the SSL certificate (e.g. if using Firefox, click on the SSL icon in the URL bar and then export it (save to file)).
  3. In Pidgin->Tools -> Certificates Certificate Manager click add, and add the SSL certificate you’ve just saved.

Now it works again.

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