blender-2.78-a85f457-win64 Win 10
I have created bezier curve and in edit mode duplicated it for 3 times and then rearranged the vertices.
When applying the materials in cycles, Blender stopped to respond and crashed.
This happens randomly. When I have done that second time Blender did not crash.
But it did crash after awhile when repeating the same step.
So, it's not reproducable every time.
This is just a report. I can not provide more useful details.