PHP array modification by object reference behavior: is it guaranteed or random?

  arrays, php, pointers, reference

Here’s the code

class Foo {
   public $a;
}

$arr = [];

$foo = new Foo();
$foo->a = 1;

$arr[0] = $foo;
$arr[0]->a = 2;

echo $foo->a;

The result is 2 in my testing. However I am not sure whether this behavior is guaranteed or the behavior is random and/or will change based on the state of optimizer/version/memory usage/associative or not/…

Is it guaranteed?

Note: the reason I am having this question is the following code will output 1

$arr = [];
$foo = 1;
$arr[0] = $foo;
$arr[0] = 2;
echo $foo;

Source: Ask PHP

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