Cannot access WordPress general settings - no data received (Chrome) or server reset (Firefox)

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 with Apache and WordPress 4.1.1. In wp-admin I can access all settings except the general settings. When I try to navigate to the general settings I get “no data received” when using Chrome, “server reset” with Firefox or “This page can’t be displayed” with Internet Explorer. How do I go about trouble shooting and fixing this issue.

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Had the same issue, is linked to adding the secure ssh user i believe in the digitalocean hardening instructions

Patching libssh2-php worked for me

apt-get source libssh2-php
cd php-ssh2-0.12/
apt-get build-dep php-ssh2
apt-get install build-essential fakeroot devscripts
patch -p1 < fix-segfault.patch 
rm fix-segfault.patch 
debchange -i
dpkg-buildpackage -b