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Since today Pidgin stopped working and the workaround is to "refresh the SSL certificate".

Where is it stored?

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They're stored here:

~/.purple/certificates/x509/tls_peers/

I've seen that replacing omega.contacts.msn.com's content with this fixes it for me (warning: there could be security implications for this):

-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
MIIGeDCCBWCgAwIBAgIKfdrgSQAIAAHIuTANBgkqhkiG9w0BAQUFADCBizETMBEG
CgmSJomT8ixkARkWA2NvbTEZMBcGCgmSJomT8ixkARkWCW1pY3Jvc29mdDEUMBIG
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7w3bhyHPFr+/13BCIWSfKnSRj/g6YoHnhF4gyQ==
-----END CERTIFICATE-----
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Have you taken a look at this guide already: Fix the Pidgin ‘SSL Error’ in Ubuntu [OMG!Ubuntu!] ?

From the aforementioned post:

  1. Open https://omega.contacts.msn.com in your browser
  2. You will get a directory access denied error - for once it’s what we want to see!
  3. Click the ‘security’ or ‘padlock’ icon usually found to the left of the URL in the address bar to view the certificate.
  4. Click around to find the ‘export certificate’ feature (In Chrome/ium this is the ‘details’ tab)
  5. Rename the exported certificate omega.contacts.msn.com and copy it to the Pidgin certificates folder located in your home folder at .purple\certificates\x509\tls_peers\ (You’ll need to press CTRL+H to see hidden files)
  6. Overwrite the existing file with the one you’ve just exported
  7. Breathe. You’re done.
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Well for me it has work but just for a while and now errors have restarted to pop up again randomly. –  Nyamiou The Galeanthrope Nov 20 '10 at 1:43

in pidgin select 'Certificates' from 'tools' menu. Here you can manage ssl certificates. Just delete the old one and click on the 'add' button to create a new one, select the new certificate file which you have exported from the website. Give a suitable name and click ok. Thats it. you are done.

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http://www.webupd8.org/2010/11/fix-pidgin-msn-omegacontactsmsncom.html

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While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. –  Stephen Myall Aug 19 '12 at 21:20

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