I am wondering if it is possible to paralyze a network by sending out a bunch of fake ARP response packets.
Some basis: I recently read a moderately detailed description of how ARP and ARP poisoning works (which is here, pdf). I think I understand how ARP poisoning works, at least in the level of detail presented in that article.
My question is about a different type of ARP poisoning. Instead of sending ARP response packets that direct all traffic to the attacking computer, could a device send out ARP packets that just jumble the victim devices' ARP caches? It sends out many packets to each device on the network that give a wrong MAC address for every IP the attacking device can find?
Is this type of attack possible? What countermeasures are there against it? Are these countermeasures in common use?
Additional questions: Do ARP packets contain information that would allow the administrator of the network to locate a hidden wireless attacking device? Would there be a way to disconnect the device from the network?