Last couple of days I was having some major PC issues... corrupted USB hub for my laptop, failing peripherals of my desktop, and then to top it all off - Gaim started crashing immediately after it started the login process.. I was about to resort to a clean installation of Gaim and the two days of my life that I would lose while reinstalling and configuring all my apps.
Looks like a working patch is available, HOWEVER it is not an Official patch from the winGaim team. Therefore, I would advise that you DO NOT install it as it has not been validated by the team - so it could have been trojanned or any number of other bad things. Let just wait for the OFFICIAL fix. I first tried uninstalling and then reinstalling various versions of Gaim and GTK+... but to no avail. I was able to narrow the issue down to Gaim connecting to the MSN Messenger network. Aha! then the main issue is still related to Microsoft as always.
As a last ditch effort I thought I'd check the Gaim site to see if a new version was available... worth a shot, right?
Update: Gaim has officially released the newest RC with the patch for MSN protocol. Check out this site if you are in need of running MSN with Gaim.