Microsoft has issued a tool to defend Windows systems from shortcut attacks, tech news site Computer World reported on Wednesday.
The company released a fix-it tool on its Support page that enables users to protect their computers from attacks caused by a code-execution fault in the Windows operating system.
The zero-day vulnerability, which was first reported in Windows 7 Service Pack 1, can be exploited using an infected removable USB drive.
In a previous security advisory, the company had asked users to disable their shortcut options manually.
Microsoft has since said that the new tool will automatically disable all Windows shortcut files.
The company has said that all versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating systems are vulnerable to the malicious attack, and has promised to fix the issue as soon as possible.
Microsoft has not set a date for the release of the solution.