[SDL 3.x] SDL_CreateSurface and SDL_DestroySurface = SIGSEV

Why does it crash when I try to unlock the Surface with SDL Destroy Surface(...)?

#include <SDL3/SDL.h>

int main(int argc, char *argv[])

    SDL_Surface *SrcSurface = SDL_CreateSurface(1, 1, SDL_PIXELFORMAT_RGBA32);

    unsigned char pixels[] = {0xFF, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00};
    SrcSurface->pixels = &pixels;

    SDL_Log("Destroy SrcSurface");
    SDL_DestroySurface(SrcSurface);  // Crash
    SDL_Log("Destroy SrcSurface");


    return 0;

SDL_DestroySurface will try to free this pointer. You should copy memory with memcpy.

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I even solved it more elegantly with SDL_memcpy.
I suspect that I even had a memory leak with the direct assignment. The pixels that were created with SDL_CreateSurface(...) were then somewhere in the memory grave.

SDL_memcpy(SrcSurface->pixels, &pixels, sizeof(pixels));