There must have been a change just recently. This has never happened before until I've completed the latest apt-get update/upgrade sequence.
Don't ask me why, but for testing purposes, I had a couple of less-important binaries I didn't want to cram into my Ubuntu drives stored on an NTFS drive for some reason, and once in a blue moon I wanted to launch one of these and just used a symbolic link to it.
Now I ALWAYS get 'Permission denied' whenever I try to launch an ELF binary off said drive.
Not until I manually copy the binary to an ext3/4 partition the binary will execute again.
Is it just me who is constantly getting that "Permission denied" thing now?